In Omaha, Deb Fischer touts paid family leave tax incentive in new law

January 28, 2018 GMT

Working moms in Omaha and Lincoln encounter a host of issues when it comes to work-life balance, a group of 10 women told U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer on Friday.

Fischer was in Omaha to promote a part of the new tax bill that she pushed for that provides a tax credit for companies that provide paid family leave.

She said she hopes to spread the word among businesses after the U.S. Treasury Department creates guidelines for the new credit.

She said she especially wants the new law to help hourly employees who may not have the resources to take time off for a family member’s illness or the birth of a child.

The policy is a two-year pilot program, and Fischer said she hopes the government will gather enough data to determine whether the tax credit is successful in incentivizing paid leave.

At the roundtable, held at Home Instead Senior Care in Omaha, women told Fischer about problems that they and others encountered.

Those included the price of day care, too-short or nonexistent paternity leave, and a feeling of guilt at leaving work for colleagues.

That last one, Fischer said, “really hits home.”

“I hope there are businesses out there, large and small, who will take advantage” of the new policy, she said.rmoring@owh.com, 402-444-1084 twitter.com/roseannmoring