WHAT: The Center for Women and Work (CWW) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the National Partnership for Women & Families, based in Washington, D.C., will convene a conference call to discuss the new study, Policy Matters: Public Policy, Paid Leave for New Parents, and Economic Security for U.S. Workers.
WHO: The call will feature the study’s authors and experts on paid leave: Linda Houser, affiliate fellow for CWW and assistant professor at Widener University; Thomas P. Vartanian, professor at Bryn Mawr College; Karen White, director of the Working Families Program for CWW; and Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
WHEN: Monday, April 30, 2012, at 1:00 p.m eastern.
TO JOIN: 1-800-311-9402, passcode: Rutgers
To request an embargoed copy of the report on the afternoon of Friday, April 27th, or to request interviews with experts if you cannot make the call, contact Sadie Kliner, National Partnership for Women & Families, 202-986-2600, or Amber Hopkins-Jenkins, Rutgers Office of Media Relations, 732-932-7084, ext. 601.
BACKGROUND: With growing attention to the need for family-friendly workplace policies, this second study commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation finds that family-friendly public policies increase workers’ access to paid leave in connection with the birth of a child. This finding is significant because a wealth of existing research shows strong connections between paid leave and myriad health and economic benefits for workers and their families, as well as financial benefits for businesses and government. The study presents an important analysis for policymakers concerned both with the economic security of families and the economic position of the United States. This is the first study to analyze the role that public policies throughout the United States play in enabling new parents to take leave in connection with a child’s birth. Among other things, the study’s authors find that:
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.