Time To Care Public Policy Agenda
Take Back Your Time is bringing together
individuals and organizations in support of the following
"Time To Care" public policy agenda.
We believe these broad policy ideas -- all taken for granted in
other countries -- really speak to the needs for time poverty
relief that millions of Americans share. They are not political
bills -- we encourage legislators to take these ideas and design
specific legislation around them -- but they are ideas for
action, a comprehensive program to win more free time for
TIME TO CARE AGENDA:
- Guaranteeing paid leave for all parents
for the birth or adoption of a child. Today, only 40%
of Americans are able to take advantage of the 12 weeks of
unpaid leave provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act of
- Guaranteeing at least one week of paid
sick leave for all workers. Many Americans work while
sick, lowering productivity and endangering other workers.
- Guaranteeing at least three weeks of
paid annual vacation leave for all workers. Studies
show that 28% of all female employees and 37% of women earning
less than $40,000 a year receive no paid vacation at all.
- Placing a limit on the amount of
compulsory overtime work that an employer can impose,
with our goal being to give employees the right to accept or
refuse overtime work.
- Making Election Day a holiday,
with the understanding that Americans need time for civic and
- Making it easier for Americans to
choose part-time work. Hourly wage parity and
protection of promotions and pro-rated benefits for part-time
Let's bring the United States up to the standards already in
place in all other industrial countries, thereby creating more
jobs and improving our health, families, community and civic
life and environment. We call upon elected officials and
candidates of all political parties to support this free time
LEARN MORE: THE
CALL FOR A "TIME TO CARE" AGENDA
ENDORSE THE TIME
TO CARE AGENDA!