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Arts & Culture

FilmForum: Zero Weeks

Saturday, April 7, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Although New York and Washington, D.C. recently passed statewide paid family leave programs, they're outliers because the U.S. has no federal paid leave policy. In fact, in in 2016 only 14 percent of American private sector workers had access to paid family leave via their jobs. The sobering documentary ZERO WEEKS addresses this disparity from a variety of perspectives, all of which bolster the case for stronger legislation. Interviews with advocates, economists, lawmakers, and academics explain this complex topic in straightforward, informative ways. On the emotional side, the heartstrings-tugging stories of people who suffer because they lack proper protections are even more convincing. Kesha is a single mom who can't afford to take time off work while receiving chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer. Brian is frustrated by his company's lack of flexibility during his wife's complicated pregnancy. And Jasmine struggles to make ends meet while on unpaid maternity leave. ZERO WEEKS is a persuasive film about the benefits of federal paid leave.

Paid family leave. Why not?

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