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The way our laws define family sends a signal about who our country sees and values. But these choices are more than symbols—they have powerful practical consequences for real people’s ability to care for those they love.
This report, Recognizing All Families to Expand Our Movements: Insights from the Family Justice Network, shows that change is possible when people organize around the widely-shared value of family.
States are stepping up to fill the gaps by providing job-protected leave to many workers left out of the FMLA. Some states have extended leave to employees of small businesses with less than 50 employees. Other states have reduced the duration and hours worked requirements in their state leave laws, while still others have done away with these requirements completely.
In the 25 years since the signing of the FMLA, federal law has been mostly stagnant while states and cities have been moving forward with stronger protections. Our new report, A Foundation and a Blueprint, lifts up the leadership of these innovative states and cities to light the way toward the workplace leave laws we need now.
We urge Tyson to effectively implement these commitments, and for the rest of the industry to follow suit. We also urge Tyson and the rest of the industry to take action on providing job-protected paid sick days that workers can use for themselves and their families, an issue that Tyson so far has only said it will study.
Our national failure to guarantee paid leave has devastating financial consequences. A shocking 62% of low-income workers who took leave received no pay at all while on leave. As a result, 57% of this group took on debt, 46% put off paying their bills, and 48% went on to public assistance.
It wouldn’t feel quite like Thanksgiving without the turkey. Getting turkeys from the farm to your plate is a complicated journey that involves the labor of a large number of…