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Support Working Families With Paid Family Leave

Paid family leave provides workers with paid time off to care for a new baby or a seriously ill relative. This common-sense program generates significant societal savings, has positive impacts for businesses by lowering turnover, helps make ill people healthier by increasing the chance that they can receive care from a loved one, and improves outcomes for new families. Despite these proven benefits, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act covers only 60% of workers and provides for only unpaid leave. States can lead the way by enacting statewide paid family leave programs funded through a small employee payroll contribution and administered efficiently by a state agency already working with in-state employers.

The National Landscape

Passed in:

California, D.C., Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Hawaii, Massachusetts

Introduced in:

Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont

In The News

“'No one should have to choose between losing their job or taking care of a child, sick family member, or elderly parent. Yet like in my case, many of us face that exact choice despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe this to be true.'”
“‘The case for paid parental leave is clear,’ said [Microsoft’s] general counsel, Dev Stahlkopf . . . citing various studies showing that it improves productivity, morale and retention of new mothers.”


  • Workers and families
  • Women’s advocates
  • Sustainable business associations (such as the American Sustainable Business Council)
  • Organized labor


  • Businesses groups that oppose workers’ comp, unemployment benefits, etc.
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Who does this help?
This legislation helps the large number of working families who do not have access to any paid family leave program by making sure they can take paid time off to care for newborn children or sick relatives.
How does this work?
Paid family leave is an insurance program—employees make a small weekly contribution, which is used to finance paid family leave for workers that need it.
Does this involve a new government bureaucracy to administer?
No. Well-designed programs should fit easily within existing administrative structures.
Will it cost the state a fortune?
No. In states where paid family leave legislation has been passed, it has been funded by small employee payroll deductions. This adds up to a huge service families want and need—that is affordable for them and the state.

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