Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies

Millions of Americans face financial difficulties or risk losing their jobs if they must take time off to care for family members .  As our population ages, the need for more supportive workplace leave policies becomes even more important.  This report highlights three public policy solutions to increase protections for working caregivers: unpaid family and medical leave, paid family and medical leave insurance, and earned sick time.  It presents an overview of each policy area, explains why workplace leave policies matter, and highlights states and localities that have adopted these protections.  The report also offers policy recommendations to strengthen family and medical leave policies in the workplace.

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