Bloomberg Law
July 7, 2020, 9:31 AM

Without Child Care, Back-to-Work Parents Have Few Legal Options

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

Working parents who’ve been without childcare for months face dwindling options for financial help as employers begin to call them back to work and the U.S. heads toward an uncertain autumn.

The patchwork of federal, state, and local leave laws leaves millions of working parents without legal guarantees for paid time-off to care for children, attorneys and worker advocates said. And some have lost unemployment insurance benefits for rejecting an employer’s recall notice due to child-care responsibilities, they said.

The Catch-22 faced by parents asked to return to work amid closed summer camps and daycare centers—with the prospect of shuttered ...

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