Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) is an insurance that provides working ʻohana with paid time off from work to care for and bond with a new keiki or to address caregiving needs for themselves or loved ones. PFML allows people to balance work and family kuleana because workers can time off without sacrificing income.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Public hearings are an opportunity for the public to weigh in on bills being considered by lawmakers. Submitting testimony for these hearings is an important way to let lawmakers know your position on these important issues. All you need to do is share why you are in strong support (we have some talking points below to get you started!). Each hearing may have different lawmakers, so you must submit testimony each time there is a new hearing.
How to Submit Testimony
- Log-in /make an account on the Capitol website.
- Go to the page for HB 2757 and click on the “Submit Testimony” button.
- Upload or write your testimony in SUPPORT of the bill (It doesn’t need to be long!).
- Please submit testimony by Tuesday, February 12, at 2:00 PM to ensure your testimony is received on time and reviewed by the committee members! Late testimony will be accepted until the time of the hearing.
Hawaiʻi families need paid family leave:
- In Hawaiʻi, where many families are living paycheck to paycheck, it is critical that our state implement programs so that families are able to thrive, not just survive.
- Currently, only one in four private sector workers has access to paid family leave.
- Paid Family & Medical Leave has health benefits:
- It allows people to better manage their chronic disease by creating time they can get treatment.
- PFML improves health for both mothers and fathers.
- When mothers can stay with their children, breastfeeding is increased, which leads to life-long health benefits for babies.
- It allows families to provide care for their kūpuna.
- It has been shown to increase health equity.
- Is insurance, funded by small deductions from paychecks, that is used to pay employees when they need:
- Parental leave – for parents, including fathers and adoptive and foster parents, to bond with a new child
- Medical leave – for a worker to recover from their own serious illness or injury
- Caregiving leave – for a worker to care for a family member with a serious health condition