Workers Lost $28 Billion During COVID-19 Because They Didn’t Have Paid Leave
Previous Fatherly writing has expounded on this: sixty-one percent of workers don’t even qualify for the FMLA — either because they don’t meet the requirements or because they can’t afford to take unpaid leave. Thirty-two million workers couldn’t access a single day of paid leave in 2019, before the pandemic began. Per the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP,) less than 50% of Black workers and 25% of Latinx workers have access to paid parental leave. The majority of Black and Latinx parents either don’t qualify for or can’t afford the federal unpaid leave program.
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