Todd Mikkelson: No business should have to make a tough call like this

Two years ago, my manufacturing shop supervisor and most experienced employee came to me with a problem: he needed a hip replacement, which would mean two months away from work.

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Karen Lamy DeSousa: A strong national paid family and medical leave policy makes a difference

Karen Lamy DeSousa

If it’s good enough for Massachusetts, why can’t it work across the United States? People should be able to take paid time away from work to welcome a new child, care for a sick loved one, or recover from an illness of their own. Thanks to the laws we’ve passed here in the Commonwealth, working people can soon do all those things. In 2018, Massachusetts passed legislation that guarantees access to paid family and medical leave beginning in 2021.

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Diane Martin: Access to paid leave could be a literal live-saver for small business

Diane Martin

People often think “oh, it would be great to be a business owner. You can make your own schedule, take time off when you need it, and make lots of money.” While there is a benefit in being your own boss, you also have a lot of responsibility.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave levels the playing field between big and small business

Emily Ingwersen

I know first-hand the difference having access to paid family and medical leave can make. When my first daughter came home and I was working at a job with paid leave benefits, I was able to be home with her for three months, and my husband was able to take six weeks off as well, thanks to the benefits I had at work.

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ReShonda Young: The FAMILY Act would help create vibrant local economies

Reshonda Young

I’ve run a logistics company, a retail shop, and have turned a single popcorn store into a franchise in five states. I’ve learned a lot as a business owner over the years, but across industries, there’s one thing in common: consumer demand drives my business decisions and my business growth.

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