Paid family and medical leave: An issue whose time has come

Paid family and medical leave: An issue whose time has come. Brookings Institution. June 6, 2017

The U.S. is the only developed nation without a national paid family leave policy. Though a handful of states have created their own policies—including California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and the District of Columbia—the plans have a lack of public awareness and low take-up rates. And while some private employers offer paid family leave policies, employer-provided paid leave is concentrated among high-income workers; a majority of those below media income received no pay while on leave.

In “Paid family and medical leave: An issue whose time has come”, the joint AEI-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave—a group comprised of experts with experience in both Democratic and Republican administrations—takes a closer look at the need for federal paid family leave, highlighting the benefits and costs of providing paid leave from the perspective of workers, businesses, and society. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 48 pages, 1.17 MB].

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