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39 Percent of Parents Fear Taking Child-Care Benefits Will Get Them Fired

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By    |   Friday, 25 September 2020 11:12 AM EDT

Almost half of American parents said that they are too afraid to take advantage of child-care benefits being provided by their employers due to the coronavirus pandemic, CNBC reports.

A new survey from CNBC and the nonprofit Catalyst, which focuses on workplace inclusivity, found that 42% of parents report being scared of using child-care benefits like additional paid time off and flexible work hours out of fear that it will affect their job, with 39% saying that they're worried they could lose their job if they did so.

"Companies are working hard to try to do the best they can within their capacities to help [parents] along, but companies need to make sure that they clearly communicate those benefits so that everyone is aware of and not afraid to take advantage of them," said Lorraine Hariton, Catalyst president and CEO.

"Companies can go a long way to setting the right tone around that so that people do take advantage of this," she added.

"I did speak with so many of our parents who actually said that to me flat out: 'We're a little nervous about this,'" said Kimberly Jones of PricewaterhouseCoopers. "In an uncertain environment, you quite naturally are hesitant to be gone."

Rachael McCann, the senior director of health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson, noted that "women are often the primary caretakers" and therefore could feel more pressure to continue working.

She added that benefits aren't being added as "lip service," but are actually meant to help employees. 

"Ultimately, employers are investing time, communications, and, at times, funding, as well as rethinking how, when, and where work is done. They are doing this to support employees and want them to make use of what is available, based on their personal needs," McCann said. "[Employees] should not be fearful."

Catalyst surveyed 1,000 working parents — including 700 women and 300 men — of school-aged children in the U.S. from Aug. 18-26, 2020.

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