Millions of workers in the United States do not have access to paid family and medical leave to care for their own health, a new child, or a seriously ill loved one. In fact, 4 out of 5 private sector workers lack access to any paid family leave, and low-wage workers are the least likely to have access. Establishing a comprehensive and national paid family and medical leave program is crucial to propel an equitable recovery and help workers, their families, and the U.S. economy thrive.
Juli Adhikari is a policy and advocacy coordinator for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Diana Boesch is a policy analyst for women’s economic security for the Women’s Initiative at the Center.