Who Cares for Caregivers’ Families While They’re Caring for Us?

A Mass Exodus Looms if the Profession Can’t Offer Workers the Childcare, Wages, and Leave Programs They Need to Stay

In March 2020, when Congress enacted the country’s first-ever federal paid sick time and child care leave policy, it carved millions of people out of the law’s guarantees, including one group that the nation was simultaneously hailing as heroes: health care workers.

The law, which was in place from April to December 2020, provided eligible workers up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to address COVID, and 10 additional weeks of child care leave for COVID-related interruptions. The law excluded large companies and their employees, and …