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FMLAYou don’t hear as much from the far right in recent years about “family values” — mostly because hardly anyone can take such talk seriously when it comes from a group that champions survival-of- the-fittest capitalism, does is best to deny health care to people in need and just generally works to eradicate the social safety net.

On the odd chance, however, that someone does lay that line on you in the near future, you might want to remind them of the fact that today, February 5, 2013, is the twentieth anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act – the federal law that requires large employers to allow their workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to deal with pregnancy and family medical emergencies. Read More

Don’t miss today’s Progressive Voices column by the Justice Center’s Sabine Schoenbach. In it, she highlights the story of a Raleigh woman and cancer survivor who lost her teaching assistant job because she narrowly missed the stingy threshold for eligibility for the federal Family Medical Leave Act.

WRAL TV did a story about the woman – Donna Sotomayor – that you can watch below.