20 Years Of The Family And Medical Leave Act

20 Years Of The Family And Medical Leave Act

On the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, we explore why it's still hard for many workers to take time off when they're sick or need to care for family members.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for workers who qualify. Twenty years later, 100 million people have used the leave to deal with medical problems or care for family members -- and businesses report few adverse effects. But activists complain that half the work force still doesn't qualify and that what we really need is paid leave. Kojo examines how we treat workers in the U.S. and why we're so far behind other countries in giving employees time off.

Guests

Howard Ross

Author, "Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance" (Rowman & Littlefield); also Principal, Cook Ross

Debra Ness

President, National Partnership for Women & Families

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