A new survey by Ann and Robert H revealed that in Chicago, four out of ten working parents complain about not getting paid leaves. Hence, those parents are unable to take care of their sick children or to take them to the hospital when required. 1 by 6 parents said that when there was a need to take time off from work in the previous week, they did not which was reasoned by fear of losing income. The main reason cited for needing to take time off was for taking care of any ill family member.
More insights into the study were revealed by Matthew M, Senior VP of Community Health Transformation, he said: “Our survey shows that many parents in Chicago do not have paid leave. This is especially concerning for parents whose children have complex health needs, like children we see often at Lurie Children’s. Lack of paid leave creates difficult decisions for parents at the time when their children need them most. It is also likely, without paid leave that children continue to go to school while sick, instead of staying at home to recover.”
Doctor Davis further added: “We also know from other research that children from lower-income families are less likely to have working parents with paid leave. That is concerning because we also found that children in lower-income households were more likely to have worse health.”
Previously Chicago & Cook Country approved the right to paid leave for workers in Cook County. Julie Morita, who is a CDPH Commissioner, stated that: “Working families shouldn’t have to choose between caring for their children and keeping their job. Chicago has passed essential protections for our workers and families, but we need to ensure that workers can access this right. When parents and families are supported to make the best decisions for their families, we all do better.”
Results of the study were launched via “Voices of Child Health in Chicago”. In which data briefs will be posted reporting a wider range of survey results.