What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They are the only countries in the world without paid family leave. American families are often forced to choose between tending to a spouse or parent with an unexpected medical emergency, or keeping their job and health insurance.
Women who take paid leave are 40 percent less likely to receive food stamps.
Only 14% of workers have paid leave through their employers. Only 5% of low-wager workers do.
Every year, working families lose $20.6 billion in lost wages due to a lack of paid family and medical leave.