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wa-paid-family-leave-popular-and-affordable-11-23-thumbReport: The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family Leave in Washington

A newly-released study funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to Washington state shows three-in-four voters support a state paid family and medical leave program — across demographic lines. Economic estimates indicate such a program would be easy and affordable for workers and employers, costing a typical worker $2 or less each week — and would reduce the use of state assistance by new parents and save the state money. Read/download »

quick-facts-about-pfml-sep-16-thumbQuick Facts: Paid Family and Medical Leave

Summary: Women, people of color, babies, and elders pay a high price for the lack paid family and medical leave in Washington state. Federal policy, which covers only 4 in 10 workers, provides for just 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a new baby or the serious health condition of a worker or family member. Longer parental leaves improve child and maternal health and increase parental involvement. It improves employment and economic outcomes for working moms. And having a loved one present helps people of all ages recover faster from serious health conditions with fewer complications and re-hospitalizations. Read/Download »

paid-family-and-medical-leave-brief-may-16-thumbReport: Paid Family Leave – A Cornerstone of Equity and Opportunity for Workers and Families

Summary: Paid family and medical leave is crucial to restore economic security for working families and overcoming inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too many. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly confirms paid parental leave is important to the health and well-being of young children. With our population aging, more workers have responsibilities for caring for older family members and are themselves more at risk of serious illness or injury that may also require a lengthy time away from work. Existing programs in California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island provide highly successful and replicable models of family and medical leave programs. Read/Download »