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Our nation’s family caregivers are vital for the health and well-being of our communities.
Over the past 30 years, we’ve helped 13,000 workers who were denied FMLA leave by their employers, 18,000 workers who were unjustly terminated, and 1,000 workers whose health benefits were not maintained as required by the law.
The Family and Medical Leave Act is about more than dollars and cents. It’s about worker health, dignity and family.
The work of the Women’s Bureau focuses on the ways current gendered caregiving patterns limit opportunities for mothers, especially in relation to their earnings and economic security.
Anna Friar had worked over seven years as a kitchen assistant manager and cook at Willowbrook Assisted Living in Lake City, Florida, when she became seriously ill from COVID-19. We launched an investigation into the company’s failure to offer job-protected leave and found that Anna should have been offered unpaid leave and job protection for the time she was dealing with COVID.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic pressures on workers have only increased the prevalence of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. And just as with physical health conditions, workers struggling with mental health conditions may need to take time away from work to seek treatment or recover. Fortunately, the Family and Medical Leave Act provides eligible workers with job-protected leave to take time away from work to care for themselves or their family members because of serious mental health conditions.
Every year in America, 1 in 5 adults experiences some form of mental illness. We’re taking advantage of National Mental Health Awareness Month to highlight some of the ways we're promoting mental health at work.
Learn more on why a national paid family and medical leave program is needed.
During National Work and Family Month, we're highlighting Department of Labor resources all working families should know about.
During Suicide Prevention Month this September – and all year round – we’re getting the word out on workplace mental health resources that could save a life.