Why do we need to expand availability of family and medical leave in Washington?
- With the aging population, many workers have responsibility for frail elders.
- 35% of workers, men and women alike, provided regular care for a parent or inlaw over 65 in 2002.
- Over the next 10 years, 1 in 10 Americans will need to take time off work to care for an elderly family member.
- A majority of parents are employed.
- In 78% of today’s families both parents work.
- Both parents work in 52.7% of married-couple families with children under 6.
- In single parent families with children under age of 6, 63.8% of mothers and 83.9% of fathers work.
Why Do People Take Family and Medical Leave?
- 52% of people take leave to care for their own serious illness.
- 31% of people take lave to care for a seriously ill family member.
- 18% of people take leave to care for a new child.
Who Takes Family and Medical Leave?
- 42% of leave-takers are men.>
- 58% are women.
- 16.5% of workers took leave under FMLA in 12 month period.
For How Long Do People Take Family and Medical Leave?
- 50% of workers take family and medical leave for 10 days or less.
- 27% of leave taken intermittently.
- 9.2% take for full 12 weeks.
How Many Workers Are Protected by the FMLA?
- About 60% of workers are protected by the FMLA.
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