Progress Toward Parental Leave Tax Credit Stalled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 23, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. -- Delegate Hala Ayala (D-51) of Woodbridge today issued the following statement in response to the tabling of a bill in subcommittee that would give a parental leave tax credit to small businesses. Introduced by Delegate Ayala, the bill would have created an income tax credit for a portion of the salary or wages paid by small businesses to full-time employees while on leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

“Advocating for an economy that works for all types of families is not just part of the job, it is a part of my own story. As a single, working mom, I know what it means to juggle the expectations of a workplace, and the home, in a system that was not designed for working parents like me. This is also the story of so many families in Prince William County, and across the Commonwealth,” said Delegate Ayala, “I took the lessons of these challenges with me when I fought to raise the minimum wage, equal pay, and affordable access to health care as the founder of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women. And I took them with me to Richmond today.”

Virginia currently does not currently provide any income tax incentives to businesses for providing paid parental leave to their employees. A paid parental leave tax credit would provide support to parents, their newborn babies and children, and their employers.

“This bill would have changed my life when I was balancing roles of both provider and caregiver for my family, and I know it would have changed the lives of our fellow Virginians.”

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Hala Ayala represents the 51st District in the Virginia House of Delegates, where she is the chief patron of a bill that would provide a parental leave tax credit to small businesses. She is a cybersecurity specialist and a single mom.