At some point in almost everyone’s life there will be a time when family demands or illness requires time off from work.

Since 1990, over 334,924 Connecticut workers have used the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to secure their job while out on leave for up to 16 weeks. 67% of those who took leave did so because of their own illness.  But more than 50% of workers in Connecticut don’t take FMLA because they either don’t qualify or aren’t eligible. For many others, they simply cannot afford to take unpaid leave.  Employees need paid leave to take care of themselves during a serious illness, during pregnancy or to care for a newborn, and in their capacity as a caregiver to a parent or elderly relative.

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