Take Action for More Affordable Family Leave
The US Labor Department
(DOL) has recently proposed regulations to make family leave more affordable
through Unemployment Insurance (UI). The regulations would let each
state decide whether to use its UI law to allow people to collect unemployment
while they are on parental leave. Unfortunately those regulations would
cover only limited reasons for family leave--birth of a newborn or adoption--but
it an important first step. Although the 1993 Family and Medical Leave
Act (FMLA) has helped at least 24 million Americans, far too many American
workers are still unable to take FMLA leave because it is unpaid, even
when their families need them most. Nearly two-thirds of employees who
did not take needed leave cited lost wages as the primary reason.
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