Freelancers, have you had to take time off for parental leave or to care for a family member?

Dec 17, 2018

One of the most difficult challenges freelancers can face is the loss of income that results from needing to take time off to care for a family member or take leave after the birth of a child.

Traditional employees can often access benefits through their employer or through state programs, but the landscape is much more challenging for freelancers.

In New York, freelancers can sign up for family leave, but you currently need to pay premiums for two years before you could access benefits.

In order to help us push for change, we need to hear from you! How has this issue affected you?


Have you had to take time off for one of these reasons?

  • Having a baby
  • Caring for a sick family member
  • Assisting loved ones when a family member is deployed overseas

Tell us your story and let us know if you’d be interested in sharing with our community or testifying in support of better options!

Caitlin Pearce

Former Executive Director of Freelancers Union. During her 9-year tenure, Caitlin spearheaded ambitious union initiatives such as launching Freelancers Hub and passing the Freelance Isn't Free law.