The ADA has asked Congress to expand paid family and medical leave to ensure that workers with diabetes are protected during the COVID-19 crisis. Since this crisis began, the ADA has received over 500 reported cases of discrimination, nearly triple our normal caseload volume.
Over 95% of these cases are related to employment and the vast majority of them involve people with diabetes who are trying to protect their health and also keep their job. Specifically, ADA has asked Congress to:
- Expand eligibility for paid family and medical leave to include people who because of a serious health condition that makes them vulnerable to COVID-19 have been advised to stay home by their doctor.
- Remove the time limit on paid leave to ensure that people who need to stay home can do so until the crisis is over.
- Apply the paid family and medical leave requirements to employers of all sizes.
- Extend leave protections to appropriate healthcare workers and emergency responders.
You can also take action on this important issue. Contact your members of Congress at diabetes.org/paidleave today and urge them to pass legislation that will ensure that all people with diabetes and their working family members have access to expanded paid leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.