“As a parent of a chronically ill child I currently use FMLA intermittently, although there is job protection I am not paid for time that I must take for appointments or when my child is home sick. As a single mom this can be detrimental to my finances that are needed to pay rent, bills, pay for medications that are needed. Paid leave would benefit many people in all situations. CT is only getting more expensive and when you are losing wages due to uncontrollable circumstances it becomes harder to stay in a place you can’t afford. It would also benefit mentally eliminating the worry for struggling caretakers. Our finances are already limited caring for loved ones, without being further cut by the necessity to take leave unpaid.”

Jessica, Stamford CT