Keep Families First (KFF) is a diverse statewide coalition formed to protect Wisconsin’s current Family and Medical Leave Act and create Family and Medical Leave Insurance. Keep Families First is a broad partnership of families, workers, and their advocates created out of the critical necessity to provide economic security for Wisconsin families. Nobody should be forced to abandon their new babies or sick family members at the risk of losing a pay check or their job all together, because they are being denied time to care for their family.
The spring of 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of signing the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) into law, making Wisconsin one of the first states to pass legal protections for family and medical leave. Keep Families First celebrated provisions in the Wisconsin FMLA that allow for coverage of in-laws, domestic partners, part-time workers, and allow for substitution of accrued time to earn a living on what otherwise would be an unpaid leave.
Twenty-five years after the passage of Wisconsin FMLA, the time is ripe to expand it. Nearly half the workforce isn’t covered, and many don’t have paid time they can use. Most Wisconsin families can’t afford to take unpaid time off to care for a sick loved one or new baby, and still pay the bills. The Keep Families First Coalition is leading the way to make WI FMLA more accessible and affordable to Wisconsin Families.