Family Leave Stories

Other experiences with Paid Family and Medical Leave:

  • Christina: “When Calvin was born, [my fiancé] Tyler was my rock and my sunshine. But he had to go back to work after one week, because we couldn’t afford to go without his paycheck. Paid family leave would have changed everything for us.”
  • Evelin: “It would be so much better if [my dad] could just take the time off to have surgery, without having to worry about how he will pay his bills. We wouldn’t have to keep taking him to the doctor, and he’d be back to full strength at work.”
  • Selena Allen: Caring for a newborn who faced unexpected medical problems.
  • Sharon Ness: Taking time off to care for her father as he battled cancer
  • Heidi: Couldn’t afford more than three weeks off, especially with the hospital bills waiting to be paid.
  • Jessica: Back at work the second week after the birth of my daughter.
  • L.W.: Caring for spouse under California family leave program
  • Sean: Caring for dying father
  • Professor Ellen Bravo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to Family and Medical Leave Insurance Work Session and Committee Hearings

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