A recent AARP survey explores the value of the Family and Medical Leave Act to workers over the age of 50. The survey reports findings of awareness very high with 88% of responses stating that the protections the Act provides are personally important. While 58% of those surveyed reported taking time off for family or medical needs during the previous five years, 15% of the leave-takers did so through the Act. Asked what they might have had to do without the Act, the leave-takers said that they would have quit or lost their jobs, taken less time off, or reduced their work schedules.
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