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Dueling Family Leave Policies
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  • Donna

    There is a long-term benefit to paid family leave for new parents - and the newborns themselves. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guaranteed workers employment after taking up to 12 weeks off to care for newborns, ill family members or deal with serious illness themselves. That was a start. However, that leave is unpaid, unless your employer allows you to accumulate 12 weeks of paid time off AND you manage to have that much time when illness hits or baby comes. Newborns are expensive. Cancer and other serious illnesses are expensive. Needing (or wanting) to take time off from work should not be dictated by how much money you have. All parents deserve the right to spend quality time with their newborns. People fighting illnesses deserve the right to concentrate on their health, not worrying about how the bills will be paid. That is called compassion. It is about time the US joined the ranks of every other developed nation and started putting citizens above corporations. The fact these conversations have been started is encouraging. Hopefully they will continue.

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