Life is unpredictable. You never know what’s coming. But you can usually count getting some curveballs thrown your way.
Maybe your grandmother falls ill and you’re the only person in the family who’s in a position to take care of her. Maybe you are diagnosed with a serious illness and need to take time off work to get treatment. Or maybe you and your partner decide to adopt – but you both work full-time and can’t take unpaid leave.
At some point in our lives, most people will need to take off an extended period of time to deal with a family or medical issue.
Despite this, only 12% of workers in America receive paid family leave through their jobs. And the lucky ones that do are disproportionately well-educated, high-earning, and male.
But what about the rest of us? What if we fall ill, have a child, or need to take care of a loved one in need?