Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes 6 Months of Paid Leave for Workers

Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes 6 Months Paid Leave for Workers

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California Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday announced a plan that would guarantee workers up to six months of paid family and medical leave.

Harris announced her proposal in Iowa on the second day of a three-day campaign tour across the State.

Under Harris’ plan, paid leave would be available to all types of workers, including part-time employees, self-employed workers, and independent contractors.

The plan would also allow low- and middle-income workers earning less than $75,000 per annum to receive full wage replacement during their leave, with progressively smaller benefits for higher-wage households.

Harris also promises to push for passage of the Child Care for Working Families Act to cap the percentage income that low- and middle-income families spend on childcare.

Additionally, if elected, Harris plans to create a federal inter-agency working group tasked with reducing child poverty by half in her first term and expand food stamps and tax credits for families with children.

Harris’ paid leave plan will source funds from new payroll taxes on employers and employees in addition to other unspecified “general revenues”. The federal government’s portion would be funded through fines on corporations that fail to narrow their gender-based pay gaps.

Most of Harris’ plan will depend on approval from Congress.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian, a contributor to this site, is available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.