Legislation in Utah
Utah workers need public policies that allow them to better manage the dual demands of work and family. Family friendly workplace laws help workers maintain their economic security when they give birth, adopt, raise children or grandchildren, deal with illness, and care for parents, grandparents, spouses or partners.
For a more detailed analysis on family friendly workplace policies in Utah and how the state compares to other states, see the National Partnership’s Expecting Better report.
Working Families by the Numbers
- 670,088 Utah women are in the labor force, making up 44 percent of the state workforce.1
- 52,956 Utahns gave birth between 2015 and 2016.2
- In 59 percent of Utah households with children, all parents work (520,453 households).3
- 63,379 Utah grandparents live with grandchildren who are under 18.4
- 336,000 Utahns serve as family caregivers.5
- 445,582 Utah workers (45.5 percent of the private sector workforce) cannot earn a single paid sick day.6
- Just 35.8 percent of working adults in Utah are estimated to be eligible for and able to afford to take unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).7
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- 1 U.S. Census Bureau. (2017). American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 2015, Geographies: All States within United States and Puerto Rico, Table DP03: Selected Economic Characteristics. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_1YR_DP03&prodType=table
- 2 U.S. Census Bureau. (2017). American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 2015, Geographies: All States within United States and Puerto Rico, Table DP02: Selected Economic Characteristics. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_1YR_DP02&prodType=table
- 3 See note 1.
- 4 See note 2.
- 5 Reinhard, S.C., Feinberg, L.F., Choula, R. & Houser, A. (2015, July). Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. AARP Public Policy Institute Publication. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2015/valuing-the-invaluable-2015-update-new.pdf
- 6 Institute for Women’s Policy Research & National Partnership for Women & Families. (2015, May). Workers’ Access to Paid Sick Days in the States. Table 2. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/psd/workers-access-to-paid-sick-days-in-the-states.pdf
- 7 diversitydatakids.org. (2015). Working Adults Who Are Eligible For and Can Afford FMLA Unpaid Leave (Share). Brandeis University, The Heller School, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy Publication. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://www.diversitydatakids.org/data/ranking/529/working-adults-who-are-eligible-for-and-can-afford-fmla-unpaid-leave-share/#loct=2&cat=44,25&tf=17
For a comprehensive collection of federal and state work-family laws and proposals, including legislation introduced in previous years, visit the National Partnership's Work & Family Policy Database