Tag "Individual"

Dwayne – Qualifying to Care

I donated a kidney to a non-relative.

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Marie – Paid Sick Days and Screenings Save Lives

Marie Barboza works as a personal care attendant in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to support herself and her 13-year-old daughter. In all her years working in the medical field, and before that in factory jobs and grocery stores, Marie does not

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Jibril – Paid Sick Days a Relief

Jibril Wallace has been working at the same Safeway in Washington, DC, for 28 years, since she was a teenager helping her mother pay the bills. Now her income helps support her two kids, ages 18 and 8. Jibril has

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Erin – The Security of Paid Sick Days

Erin Schmitz in Portland, Oregon, is the person who turns a beautiful wedding gown into one that actually fits. Brides-to-be admired her expertise, but likely had no idea it brought Erin low wages and only part-time hours; she held a

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Sabra’s Story – Teachers Making It Work Without Paid Leave

I am a mom of two (5 and 2 year-olds) and work full time as a teacher in Nebraska. If you can have paid days saved up, my employer allows you to use them for maternity leave. But otherwise your

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Josh – Paid Leave and Bonding

I’m the father of two kids, a 5 month old (Abby) and an almost five year old (Bela).  When Abby was born, I was incredibly blessed to receive two months paid time off from Meetup, where I work as a

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Jessica – Facing Financial Problems Because of Illness

In August 2013, I found a lump in my breast. It came out of nowhere. I have no family history of breast cancer, I don’t have the BRCA gene. But, at age 29, I had an eight month old baby

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Stephanie’s Story – a traumatic childbirth without paid leave

My husband and I were eagerly awaiting the birth of our fourth son. We both had full time jobs, but were prepared for me to take advantage of the maternity leave available through TDI and handle the reduced income that

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Inneshia’s Story – caring for a newborn baby or making rent

Three years ago I delivered a full term bouncing baby boy. He weighed seven pounds and three ounces and everything was fine, with one exception: I had to choose between taking care of my newborn baby and going back to

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Tess’s Story – balancing a C-section, displacement and TDI

I work part time. After the birth of my first child, I received $170 a week from the New York State Temporary Disability Insurance program (TDI). Although the amount was laughable, every little bit helped. In order to take a

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