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  •  I was struck by a chart on FMLA worldwide (8+ / 0-)

    to discover the US is a third or fourth world country in terms of FMLA or paid leave.  Many countries offer as much as 3 months paid leave routinely while the US offers none.  bottom line is the FMLA, even if you qualify, is insufficient

    •  Another program for the people (7+ / 0-)

      who can afford to go without pay for 12 weeks.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 05:21:40 AM PST

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    •  FMLA is (8+ / 0-)

      only useable by the well off or the reasonably well off.  Someone I work with has stage four colon cancer.  She is desperate to keep her job and can take no time off other than what is absolutely needed for treatment.  

      Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

      by KibbutzAmiad on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 05:22:14 AM PST

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      •  that is a common situation for so many families (4+ / 0-)

        now that two paychecks and family coverage is essential for survival.  When this is no longer possible, families have to start living off their savings and many Americans have not saved as much as they needed to.  Most Americans are 3 months away from being homeless, while the experts recommend families sock away 2 years salary or about $100K against tougher times.  Yeh, sure

      •  A friend was fired last year (2+ / 0-)
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        for using FML. Of course, the company trumped up a lie for the reason she was let go, also making her have to go through many appeals to get unemployment, and speak with a lawyer about it. She could not afford to actually hire a lawyer, but did find one sympathetic to her situation who advised her pro bono.
        She really can't work full time, as she has a disabled child, and regularly has to take time to deal with out of town med appointments. And since it does not become available until after a year of employment, she's really screwed as far as being able to work is concerned. And she wants to work.

        Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

        by emmasnacker on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:23:33 AM PST

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    •  Where I work (1+ / 0-)
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      you can receive full pay for a short term disability (3 months max, I think), which includes before and after pregnancy, cancer treatment, surgery, etc.
      Saved my butt last year when I had back surgery.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 06:00:28 AM PST

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