Nearly one-third of people in the United States have taken leave to support a chosen family member’s health needs—but public policy largely fails to support them.
Current data show the need for a comprehensive paid family and medical leave policy.
Comprehensive paid family and medical leave not only helps workers care for their families but keeps them in the labor force, thus boosting the entire U.S. economy.
A majority of small-business owners support a nationally administered paid family and medical leave insurance program.
Contrary to claims by opponents, paid sick days and paid family and medical leave do not lead to a rise in unemployment but rather benefit workers, businesses, and the economy.
The share of U.S. breadwinning mothers continues to grow, and understanding them is vital to understanding the modern labor force.
Many Americans still do not understand the complementary but different roles paid sick days and paid family and medical leave play for working families.
A national paid family and medical leave program would level the playing field for small businesses and ensure that all workers have access to strong work-family policy.
Expanding the work-family narrative to be more inclusive of women’s diverse experiences is essential to developing policies responsive to the needs of all women.
The lack of work-family policies in the United States costs working families billions of dollars in lost wages every year.
Conservative proposals, such as business tax credits and pregnancy 401(k)s, do not cut it for working families that need paid family and medical leave.
Policymakers have a number of options for how to administer an efficient and affordable national paid leave program that uses the best-proven elements of existing programs in the states and abroad.
This report outlines key considerations for states interested in developing paid family and medical leave programs.
To update the nation’s public policies to effectively meet the needs of workers and their families, the United States should adopt a paid family and medical leave policy that covers all workers and is comprehensive, affordable, accessible, and inclusive.
We need to establish a national family and medical leave insurance program that addresses the realities of our current workforce.