Working Families Need Paid Family and Medical Leave
Since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed in 1993, workers have used the FMLA more than 100 million times to take job-protected time off to recover from their own serious illness, to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child.
But millions of workers cannot afford to take the unpaid leave the FMLA provides. Among workers who need family and medical leave but do not take it, three in four said they did not take the leave because they could not afford to miss a paycheck. Other workers don’t qualify for the FMLA because they work for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, or work part-time.
Working families should not have to choose between the jobs they need and the families they love. That’s why we’re working with policy makers and advocates across the country to support a range of innovative proposals to make paid family and medical leave more available for all working families.