What Do We Need? Paid Family Leave. When Do We Need It? Now!

What Do We Need? Paid Family Leave. When Do We Need It? Now!

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By Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, Betsy Landis, and Stephanie Blumenkranz

A Personal Perspective

Four and a half years ago, following an uneventful pregnancy that didn’t cause me to miss a day of work, I gave birth to twin boys. I was really fortunate. Not every pregnancy goes this smoothly and there is nothing I did better than anyone else to produce this outcome.

It is impossible to overstate how grateful I felt to work at AVODAH, an organization which guarantees up to six weeks of paid leave, in addition to working with me to combine sick and vacation days toward 12 weeks of leave, most of which were paid.

My newborn boys were wonderful, but they were expensive and they did not come with a manual. The fact that I could have been without a job or without pay during this blessed and vulnerable time represents how shortsighted we are as a nation on this issue.

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