Tameka Ramsey: I’ve done the math, and it would cost me way more to train new incoming staff than it does to provide paid leave

Tameka RamseyT. Ramsey & Associates opened just over three years ago. We provide strategic planning and support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them grow. We’re dedicated to creating opportunities for black women in Detroit to succeed; I employ single mothers with children who have physical health issues; women who have mental health issues; women who are the primary caregiver for their aging parent(s). I understand that these women come to me at the intersection of being an employee, mother, daughter, wife; expert in their subject; but, most of all; being a black women.

As a black woman entrepreneur, I started my business with limited resources, mostly on the support of me working a full time job and my husband’s income.

However, as I grew, I saw first hand how important it is to be able to show up for your family, during illness, school issues, doctor appointments and keep a job and have regular income. That is why I have offered paid sick time and paid family leave. Does it cut into my bottom line? Yes. Does it sometimes put a strain on myself and my staff? Yes. But, I’ve done the math, and it would cost me way more to train new incoming staff than it does to provide paid leave. But I’ve seen first hand that this is not an option for many small businesses and nonprofits. That’s why we need a national paid medial and leave program like the FAMILY Act.

Tameka Ramsey is the founder of T. Ramsey & Associates, a nonprofit consulting firm in Michigan.

Check out more Small Business for Paid Leave resources at smallbusinessforpaidleave.org.