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Most Americans don’t have the paid leave they need to care for themselves and their families when they need it most—and many don’t have any paid leave at all. The United States stands alone among its economic peers in failing to guarantee any paid leave at the national level, with profound consequences for the nation’s economy, its health, and the security of its working families. The Center for American Progress is committed to ensuring that all Americans, regardless of how or where they work, have the paid leave they need, through policies that work for them.
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This fact sheet provides an overview of paid family and medical leave laws in the United States.
Jan 17, 2024
Molly Weston Williamson
This fact sheet provides an overview of paid sick time laws in the United States.
This fact sheet provides an overview of general-use paid time off laws in the United States.
This fact sheet provides an overview of opportunities to expand unpaid family and medical leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Paid family and medical leave benefits start in Colorado on January 1, 2024.
Dec 13, 2023
The Family and Medical Leave Act offers critical access to job-protected leave but falls short for military families, military caregivers, and veterans.
Nov 30, 2023
Emergency pandemic programs and proposed federal legislation offer important lessons in ensuring paid leave for the self-employed.
Oct 11, 2023
Two states have enacted distinctive paid leave programs to expand coverage for certain self-employed workers.
For many self-employed Americans, the cost of taking leave for illness or family needs is too high without support, shaping both what self-employment looks like and who has access to it.
Sep 21, 2023
The Healthy Families Act would finally guarantee paid sick leave for employees in the United States, bolstering public health and the U.S. economy.
Sep 5, 2023
Paid family and medical leave benefits start in Oregon on September 3, 2023.
Aug 22, 2023
This issue brief explains the availability of state paid family and medical leave programs for self-employed workers in the United States.
Aug 10, 2023
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