Paid Family and Medical 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/National Center for Children in Poverty Paid Leave Study

February 4, 2019

Disability Perspectives on Paid Leave: A Qualitative Analysis of Leave-taking Among Workers Affected by Disabilities or Serious Health Conditions is ground-breaking research on how workers with disabilities and working caregivers of people with disabilities use, need, and benefit from paid family and medical leave. It is one of the only studies to specifically explore whether current paid and unpaid leave policies and programs meet the needs of the disability community. Findings offer key insights on how existing leave policies can become more disability-inclusive and highlight the need for a comprehensive national paid leave policy.

The Arc/University of Minnesota FINDS Paid Leave Briefs

September 12, 2018

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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