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98: Balancing Unpaid Leave as a Working Parent - The PedsDocTalk Podcast

On this episode I welcome Jessica Shepherd MD, MBA, FACOG, a board certified OB-GYN and the Chief Medical Officer for Verywell Health and Theraflu's Medical Expert Spokesperson. We discuss the following: Why working parents struggle to take sick leave Racial and inequality as it relates to sick...

Episode 98: Balancing Unpaid Leave as a Working Parent

On this episode I welcome Jessica Shepherd MD, MBA, FACOG, a board certified OB-GYN and the Chief Medical Officer for Verywell Health and Theraflu’s Medical Expert Spokesperson. We discuss the following:

  • Why working parents struggle to take sick leave
  • Racial and inequality as it relates to sick time
  • The American productivity culture compared to other cultures
  • How to change the narrative

For many families, it’s financially impossible to take even one day of unpaid sick time. Theraflu partnered with Good+Foundation to create the Rest & Recover Fund – a $150,000 microgrant program designed to help offset lost wages from 1,000 unpaid sick days to support parents facing the financial and logistical challenges of taking a day to rest and recover from an unexpected mild illness.

To understand societal pressures on this matter, Theraflu also issued the 2021 Temperature Check Report through OnePoll, a survey of 2,000 working Americans, which revealed attitudes, perceptions and racial disparities surrounding sick time.

Learn more about how Theraflu is providing support through the Rest & Recover Fund with Good+ at Theraflu.com/RightToRecover.

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