As the Family and Medical Leave Act turns 30, millions of Americans still lack access to paid leave

Feb 3, 2023
The U.S. is the only wealthy country in the world that doesn’t guarantee workers a single day of paid leave.
An estimated 44% of Americans are not entitled to paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Survey finds continuing disparities in who gets paid sick or family leave

Jul 21, 2022
One finding in the Urban Institute's report: Less than half of women 18-34 get paid parental leave, even though they're the demographic most likely to have children.
Only a third of workers at the poverty line get any kind of paid sick or family leave, according to a survey from the Urban Institute.
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Paid family leave gaining traction, including among small businesses

Mar 3, 2022
Opposition to paid leave has often been rooted in the challenge it poses to businesses. That calculus is changing.
A child runs past signs at a paid leave rally in Brooklyn. A growing number of businesses have shown support for paid family leave during the pandemic.
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From Alaska to Washington, one couple’s story of paid family leave

Feb 2, 2022
U.S. federal law requires companies to give workers 12 weeks off a year for family medical situations — unpaid. Whether or not workers get paid leave depends on what state they live in.
Washington is one of 10 states that has paid family medical leave. It made a huge difference for nurse practitioner Julia Mitzel, who was able to tap into it when her husband was undergoing cancer treatment.
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New benefits to help working parents are uneven.
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