A week after I gave birth to my child I had to go back to work. I had not been in business long and had no money saved. Luckily, my mom was able to come and be at my office to help care for my child while I was with patients. I had to nurse in between appointments, which was really stressful.
While my mother was able to help me out then, soon I may need to help her. She is getting older and has diabetes. If she was to get sick or have something serious happen, I don’t know what I would do. I want a paid family and medical leave policy to be there, in case anything happens to her. Paying a little bit over time for the insurance benefit just makes sense. Then, when I or when one of my employees need to take leave, the support is there. This is affordable for small business. What is not affordable is to have to pay for leave all at once.
It could mean the difference between keeping the business open or us needing to close our doors, and my eight employees losing their livelihoods too.
Paid family and medical leave promotes a stronger economy, healthier families, and helps small businesses like mine thrive. It’s win-win for everyone. It’s especially good for small business, helping to level the playing field with big corporations in hiring and retaining talented employees, and giving small business owners like me a way to get the medical care we need without jeopardizing our livelihood.
Dr. Thuy Tran is the co-owner of Rose City Vision Care, a vision clinic in Oregon.
Check out more Small Business for Paid Leave resources at smallbusinessforpaidleave.org.