Family and Medical Leave-Taking among Older Workers

Institute for Women's Policy Research,

January 19, 2017
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This brief examines the family and medical leave-taking behaviors among older workers aged 55 and older compared with younger workers.

  • –Older workers have increased their rates of family and medical leave-taking from 2000 to 2012 (from 16% to 21%). This increase is driven entirely by men, who increased their leave-taking by 10 percentage points from 2000 to 2012, while women’s rates remained the same.
  • –The majority (69%) of workers received at least partial pay for their longest family and medical leave. But the 31% of workers who took unpaid leave were more likely to be women, poorer, less educated, or younger than those who received at least partial pay.