Advocates, including President Obama, hailed the hard-won Family Medical Leave Act’s 20th anniversary, saying it has helped an estimated 100 million workers take up to 12 weeks of unpaid annual leave to handle health issues without losing their jobs. But a new Labor Department survey shows that 40 percent of the U.S. workforce isn’t covered under the act.
Danelle Buchman and her husband, Tony, try to get their daughters, Eliza, left, and Avery, to eat at dinnertime at their home in Clarksville. Eight weeks before Avery was due, an artery ruptured in Buchman’s uterus, which nearly killed her and her child. Katherine Frey/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo