A Call to Include Eldercare in the Paid Leave Conversation

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The frustrating news: too often conversations about the need for paid leave focus only on parenting and omit eldercare.

The good news: The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, legislation that would create a national family and medical leave insurance program, does include eldercare.

But let’s keep talking about it. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, women are often the primary caregivers in their families and less likely to have paid leave than workers overall. The more we shed a light on eldercare as an issue that impacts workers and their employers, the more positive change we will be able to affect.

Read my op-ed, “Parents Of Newborns Aren’t The Only Caregivers Who Need Paid Family Leave,” HERE.


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