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How paid leave affects families and not just those having babies

If Utah offered paid family leave, [Jasmine] Parker says she'd have a buffer — time to deal with crises in her own immediate family, time for a vacation, time to just breathe. “It would be amazing,” she says. "I think I'm probably like a lot of people. Sometimes, it feels pretty overwhelming."

Local Connection: Paid Family Leave

We should not be asking families to choose between losing their income and caring for family members when they are ill.

'We're in the 19th century': Tammy Duckworth on motherhood and the Senate

“We seem to have this view that paid family leave is some sort of touchy-feely women’s only policy,” [Sen.] Duckworth said. “This isn’t just an entitlement. It’s really an economic imperative for our nation.”

Paid family and medical leave is necessary to protect Americans

Having enough time to establish a breastfeeding relationship prior to returning to work represents one of a multitude of reasons why paid family medical leave is an issue central to the health of New Mexican families.

A New Study Shows How Other Countries Are Making Paid Leave Work

Jody Heymann, the study’s senior author, says it’s clear that if the U.S. implemented a program aligning with the study’s findings, “families would be less likely to fall into poverty, women would have better economic outcomes in terms of their earnings, which contributes to family earnings, and the U.S. would be every bit as able to compete and have as low an unemployment rate.”

Why America Needs a Paid Family Leave Act for All

When you look at the people who are able to take unpaid leave with the FMLA, more than three-quarters must do so to care for their own health or that of a seriously ill family member. We need a national policy that covers everyone.

I’m A Caregiver & Any Paid Family Leave Plan Should Include Us

In December 2017, Kate Boone, 26, an account manager with Century Support Services in North Huntingdon, PA — another state without a paid family leave law — had to choose between using the unpaid FMLA leave or continuing to work while taking care of her mother, who has Parkinson’s Disease and broke her hip twice within a month.

Why Don’t We Just Do Paid Family Leave the Right Way?

Mr. Rubio and Ms. Trump should drop their worries about cost and expand their vision. They could pledge to offer Americans 12 paid weeks off not just for the arrival of a new child, but also if they fall sick or need to care for a family member. They could nix the idea that parents have to pay for their own benefits out of Social Security.

Inside the movement for paid time off to have a baby — in Utah and beyond

[P]erhaps the fact that the LDS Church — "a major employer in the state" — already offers paid parental leave will help move discussions along at the Legislature, said Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City. "The more we see employers instigating this in the private sector," he said, "it only means that the public sector needs to do the same thing."

Even the Right to Unpaid Family Leave Was Once Revolutionary

There are moments when you can almost feel the ground shift beneath you. When then-Sen. Al Gore took to the Senate floor to describe his 6-year-old son Albert's terrifying 1989 accident, it was a pivotal moment not just for the Gore family but also for the country.

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