Paid Family and Medical Leave

Only 1 in 7 workers has access to paid family leave


Nearly all of us will need paid leave at some point – to care for a family member’s or our own serious medical condition, or to welcome a new child. Without paid leave, workers often face a cruel and unnecessary tradeoff: health and family, or work and making ends meet. Learn more about how paid family and medical leave can boost economic security and opportunity for us all, including the 1 in 5 Americans with disabilities and their families.


The Arc/Georgetown Paid Leave Paper

September 7, 2017

Paid family and medical leave empowers workers to take time away from work to address their own serious medical condition, to care for a family member with a serious medical condition, or to spend time with a new baby or a newly adopted child. This first of its kind report by The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality looks at the intersection of the need for paid leave and workers with disabilities and families that include a person with a disability. The findings highlight the need for a comprehensive, national paid family and medical leave program in the United States.

Along with the paper, The Arc has released a video featuring one family’s advocacy for paid leave, and has supported four people to share their paid leave stories.

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Family and Medical Leave Act

Federal Paid Leave Proposals: Overview

Federal Paid Leave Legislation Endorsed by The Arc

Federal Paid Leave Proposals: Learn More

State Leave Policies: Research & Initiatives

Employer Paid Leave Initiatives

Public Support for Paid Leave

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