Christian Group Pushes for Paid Family Leave as Senate Haggles Over How to Pay for It

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By Leonardo Blair

July 17, 2018

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A right-of-center Christian group is calling on employers and policy makers to support family leave programs. 

The Center for Public Justice, a Christian civic education and public policy organization that seeks to help citizens and public officeholders respond to God's call to do justice, released a report Tuesday in support of paid family leave as Senate Republicans and Democrats haggle over how to pay for it.

In their report called Time to Flourish: Protecting Families' Time for Work and Care, the CPJ examines the pressures on family time as it relates to employment and seasons of caregiving.

In addition to urging policy-makers to develop a system of paid family leave so that all workers can attend to seasons of family responsibility, the report recommends that workplaces and public policy alike should protect workers' time to care for family members.

Workplaces, especially faith-based organizations, were also urged to align family-supportive values and workplace practices.

"Today, American families and the institution of the family are under tremendous stress. Family stress includes the struggle to secure family time together, be it after the birth of a child or the ordinary routines of homework and dinnertime. A fast-paced, 24-hour economy enables work at all times of the day or night. Some parents or caretakers worry that they cannot take time off without risking their job or financial stability. These pressures cut into crucial family time together," the report says.

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