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"It’s a safety net," said Lee of the Family and Medical Leave Act. "If I need to take time off, I know that I can take care of my family."
Exceeding the mandates
Utah and 17 other states get a failing grade for laws governing workplace rights for new fathers. Several states offer private-sector workers at least one of the following benefits beyond those mandated by federal law:
Paid sick leave » Available to both men and women
Flexible sick leave » Workers who earn paid sick days may also care for family members
Paid family leave » Applies to both men and women
Family leave » More unpaid, job-protected days than what is federally mandated
Unpaid leave » Workers are permitted to care for children of domestic or civil union partners or same-sex spouses
Source: National Partnership for Women & Families
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