The Need for Extended Time Off (EXTO):
- New children: More women and mothers are working, and there is an increase in the number of couples with children in which both parents work.
- Health issues: According to a 2000 survey of employees regarding the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), among those who took FMLA leave, more than half, 52.4%, of workers used the leave to attend to their own health conditions. Thirteen percent reported taking leave to care for a parent and nearly 12% reported using leave to care for an ill child.
- The need for paid EXTO: Despite the availability of unpaid EXTO to those employees who are eligible under the FMLA, many workers do not use the benefit because of a lack of sufficient wage replacement during the leave.
Workplace Flexibility 2010, Georgetown University Law Center and Urban Institute, "Fact Sheet on Extended Time Off (EXTO)" (2008). Memos and Fact Sheets. 23.