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Reason for needing leave, but did not take: Birth or adoption of child

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NOTKLVMOCHILD reports whether the respondent needed to take off leave in the past month for the birth or adoption of a child but did not take leave.

Respondents who reported needing to take time off work in the past month but did not were given this question (see NOLEAVEMO).

Respondents could also report other reasons for needing to take leave, but did not, such as own illness/medical care (see NOTKLVMOSELF), illness/medical care of another family (see NOTKLVMOFAM), eldercare (see NOTKLVMOELCARE), childcare (see NOTKLVMOCHCARE), vacation (see NOTKLVMOVAC), errands/personal reasons (see NOTKLVMOPERS) or other (see NOTKLVMOOTH).

Respondents also reported the reason for not taking leave when they needed to, such as not able to afford the loss of income (see NOLVMOINC), no one to cover the shift (see NOLVMOSHFT), leave was denied (see NOLVMODENY), made alternative arrangements (see NOLVMOALT), fear of job loss or other negative consequence (see NOLVMOFEAR), did not have enough leave (see NOLVMOLACK), wanted to save leave (see NOLVMOSAVE), too much work (see NOLVMOWORK) and other (see NOLVMOOTH).

NOTKLVMOCHILD was gathered as part of the Leave Module of the ATUS interview. Analyses that include NOTKLVMOCHILD should use LVWT as the weight.


This variable is comparable across years when available.


  • Leave Module respondents who receive paid or unpaid leave and, in the past month, needed to take leave off work but did not


  • 2017-2018