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Working Mothers Who Are Eligible For and Can Afford FMLA Unpaid Leave (Share)

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Source: diversitydatakids.org calculations of Current Population Survey, 2011-2014 March Annual Social and Economic Supplement, Public Use Microdata Files, IPUMS-CPS, University of Minnesota, www.ipums.org. 


Share of working mothers who are estimated to be eligible for and may be able to afford to take FMLA unpaid leave.


A mother is a female adult aged 16 and older who reported having at least one of her own children (including biological, adopted, or step- children) between the ages of 0 and 17 living in her household. A working mother is a mother who reported working at a job or business at any time during the previous calendar year (as of time of survey in each of the four years of the time period) including temporary, part-time, or seasonal work even for a few days. A working mother is considered to have access to "affordable FMLA leave" if 1) she is estimated to be eligible for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and 2) she lives in a family with a total family income at or above 200% of the Federal Poverty Line after subtracting estimated lost wages from taking unpaid leave. See diversitydatakids.org FMLA affordability technical documentation for more detail. When estimating whether working mothers are eligible for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employment measures available in the Current Population Survey do not align exactly with FMLA eligibility criteria. Therefore, to minimize overestimation of eligibility, we follow similar eligibility estimation procedures outlined in the Department of Labor’s 2012 Worksite Survey, which differ slightly from the full FMLA legal criteria. See diversitydatakids.org FMLA eligibility technical documentation for more detail. Data used for calculating this indicator are drawn from surveys and are therefore subject to sampling variability; indicator values should be compared with caution. For 95% confidence intervals and diversitydatakids.org reporting standards, click here.

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