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American Agenda: (Empl.: Family Leave) #113027

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 21, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Changing American family noted. Report introduced.

(Saverna Park, MD: Carole Simpson) Debate over issue of government guarantee of job for parent who needed leave of absence to care for sick family member featured; scenes shown of family of child with spina bifida. [Mother Lisa JACOB - explains having to leave job.] Lack of leave policy by her company, Westinghouse Electric Corp., noted. [Lisa JACOB - says company made her feel like she was a problem.] Proposed medical and family leave legislature before Congress outlined on screen. [US Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Virginia Lamm THOMAS - discusses problems with federal leave benefits.] Baltimore, Maryland, Steel Tin Can Company cited as example [Company president Jay WILSON - discusses cost of leave policy.] Sovran Fin. Corporation cited as example of company having unpaid leave policy. [Company representative Janet SCHMIDT - explains company's dealing with leave policy.] [Lisa JACOB - says families need help.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Question of whether businesses should be required to help empls. in both health insurance and parental leave matters noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Simpson, Carole

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