CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave

CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave
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An association of CEOs from major U.S. corporations wrote to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE and congressional leaders urging them to pass federal legislation to make paid family and medical leave available to more Americans.

The Business Roundtable offered to work with lawmakers to advance legislation on the issue and said a federal solution was necessary so there are uniform standards for employees.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, chairwoman of Business Roundtable's Education and Workforce Committee, sent the letter on Wednesday to Trump, with White House adviser and the president's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Lawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash MORE copied on it, as well as to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications Senators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it GOP senator: 2020 candidates must recuse themselves from impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Republicans offer details on environmental proposals after Democrats roll out plan GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts MORE (R-Calif.). 

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The letter comes as the administration makes a new push to secure legislation on what has been a top priority for Ivanka Trump.

The White House held a summit, spearheaded by Ivanka Trump and attended by the president, on Thursday on the topic. President Trump said to the lawmakers, governors and business leaders who attended that he thinks Congress could pass legislation on paid family leave.

“While most Business Roundtable companies provide very generous paid leave, there is a need for economy-wide action; fewer than 17 percent of workers have access to paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than 41 percent of private sector workers have medical or short-term disability leave,” Rometty wrote.

A provision that provides federal workers with 12 weeks of paid family leave was included in the defense authorization bill that the House passed on Wednesday. Business Roundtable's CEOs lead private-sector companies with over 15 million employees.

“Legislation should provide uniform standards that apply to all covered employees and that adhere to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act requirements. Doing so would benefit employees needing coverage as well as help businesses challenged by the growing patchwork of competing and inconsistent state plans,” Rometty wrote.