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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.
Senior Policy Analyst
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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
Molly Weston Williamson
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
Congressional leaders recently reintroduced the leading national paid family and medical leave bill, including key updates and improvements.
Jul 12, 2023
New legislation in Maine will guarantee paid family and medical leave to nearly all workers, starting in May 2026.
Jul 11, 2023
Congressional leaders have reintroduced the FAMILY Act, which would provide paid family and medical leave to workers across the country.
May 31, 2023
Molly Weston Williamson explains the national importance of Minnesota becoming the first state in the Midwest to guarantee paid leave.
May 19, 2023
the Minnesota Reformer
With the governor’s signature, Minnesota’s new legislation will guarantee paid family and medical leave to nearly all workers, starting in 2026.
May 19, 2023
Guaranteeing paid leave for all would powerfully bolster economic security in retirement, particularly for women.
May 16, 2023
A national, guaranteed right to paid sick time is essential for the well-being of workers and their families and would have profound positive impacts on public health and businesses.
May 15, 2023
In order to better support all workers—especially LGBTQI+ workers—policymakers must design paid leave policies that are inclusive of chosen family and reflect the diverse caregiving needs of people across the country.
Mar 1, 2023
Caroline Medina, Molly Weston Williamson
Please join the Center for American Progress and the National Partnership for Women & Families to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and to discuss momentum for paid leave at the state level.
Feb 16, 2023
Thanks to the strong economic recovery, women’s labor force participation is reaching new highs, with prime-age women’s employment back to pre-pandemic levels—although long-standing pay gaps and occupational segregation remain challenges.
Feb 6, 2023
Beth Almeida, Isabela Salas-Betsch
Thirty years after the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act, most restaurant workers still aren’t covered.
Feb 1, 2023
This fact sheet provides an overview of unpaid family and medical leave laws in the United States, including the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Jan 5, 2023
This fact sheet provides an overview of paid sick time laws in the United States.
This fact sheet provides an overview of paid family and medical leave laws in the United States.
Using new data from the U.S. Census Bureau to examine the impacts of long COVID on the labor market, this report recommends that employers, unions, and policymakers create better workplaces for disabled workers and all workers.
Dec 21, 2022
Mia Ives-Rublee, Rose Khattar, Anona Neal
Sen. Marco Rubio’s purported paid parental leave plan would hurt, rather than help, women by cutting the retirement benefits they need.
Aug 5, 2022
This CAP Action storybook features women in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire whose stories center on issues from prescription drug pricing and health insurance, to child care and paid leave.
Jul 27, 2022
the Center for American Progress Action Fund
In order to improve maternal health care access and outcomes for millions of pregnant and postpartum people in the United States, the federal government must ensure that health insurance plans available through the ACA marketplace offer robust maternity care provider networks.
Mar 21, 2022
Carolyn Sabini, Elyssa Spitzer, Osub Ahmed
Black women are staying in the workforce, but their need for paid leave continues to go unmet.
Mar 4, 2022
Jessica Milli, Jocelyn Frye, Maggie Jo Buchanan
A paid family and medical leave program must be national, comprehensive, and inclusive to meet the needs of all workers, their families, and the economy.
Jun 29, 2021
Juli Adhikari, Diana Boesch
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