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Belinda’s Story

“I’ve gone from being confident about my future to being frightened . . . I have no financial stability. What was once a physical prowess I was proud of has been crippled by unforeseen events.”

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Fernan’s Story – Putting the family back into FMLA

My wife was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. As a human resource professional I have signed off on countless requests for family medical leave. Now I find myself submitting a request. I flashback to my wedding day twenty years

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Blue’s Story

“Later, my partner spent many difficult and painful hours alone recovering from surgery. I wanted to be there, but I no longer had any paid time available.”

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Lin’s Story

Early in 2012 my family and I were happy and excited to welcome a new grandbaby, but three weeks after delivery, my daughter was back in the hospital with MRSA.  She proudly serves in the US Air Force and with

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Leah’s Story

“Without paid sick days, my son would have died. . .”

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Tammy’s Story

“The financial strain of my leave was substantial but unfortunately its coverage wasn’t. I became very worried about how we would pay for all of our bills and still allow for my son to receive the care from the ones who know his needs best-my husband and I.”

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Alma’s story

“We don’t call in sick. Nobody has ever called in unless they were in the hospital”

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Shelby’s Story – FMLA Is Not Enough

“I had to take FMLA that was not only unpaid, it counted as an employment disciplinary action. Having to take time off unpaid was an enormous financial burden for me. After not paying rent and utilities it took me four months to only partly get caught up with bills.”

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Vanessa’s Story

I have been back to work for seven months, and [have only] accumulated nine hours of [PTO] time . . . if I had not needed to exhaust all my accumulated paid time off for my FMLA, I would be able to take a couple of days for an emergency or even a day or two of vacation. As it stands I have no way of taking any time off with pay due to my past illness.

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Eliseo’s Story

“[My supervisor wouldn’t] give me permission to miss the day of work, unpaid, to go to my doctor’s appointment [to treat my Type 2 Diabetes]. [After] I missed my third appointment . . . I received a call from my health insurance company . . . saying they had canceled my insurance [and said] it seemed that my health is not important to me.”

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