Left Behind: Families without paid leave are struggling
January 11, 2016
Only 13 percent of Americans have access to paid family leave through their jobs; will the 2016 elections change that?
The Family Medical Leave Act allows workers across the country to take up to 12 weeks of leave — but it doesn’t cover everyone. Only 13 percent of Americans have access to paid family leave through their employer. For everyone else, taking time to care for new babies or aging parents can be the difference between scraping by and spiraling into debt. In this America Tonight excerpt, we talk to New Hampshire mothers about choosing between career and family, the future of paid leave and the everyday fight to stay out of poverty