New family leave plan would require you to delay Social Security benefits

Senate Republicans are pushing a new way for families to access paid leave when they have a child.

But in order to take time off, parents must be willing to take their Social Security retirement benefits a little later.

Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) unveiled the plan, called the CRADLE Act, on Tuesday. Under terms of the proposal, new parents would be able to take anywhere from one to three months of paid leave, as long as they agreed to postpone the start of their Social Security retirement benefits.

It‘s not the first time paid family leave and Social Security benefits have been tied together. Last year, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) also pushed a that would require parents to delay taking their retirement benefits down the road.

The proposals come as paid parental leave policies are gaining broader support, including from President Donald Trump, who touted the in the White House budget released this week. Democrats in Congress have also pushed their own version with the FAMILY Act, which was in February.

“The U.S. is one of the few countries that doesn‘t have paid family leave, and it‘s clearly a need and can often cause families hardship around the time of a birth,” said Melissa Favreault, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a non-partisan economic and social policy research organization.