National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Paid Leave

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Paid Family and Medical Leave: Busting 10 Common Myths with Facts and Evidence

There is a growing body of evidence that shows paid leave is the right policy for workers, families, businesses and the country, but misconceptions and unfounded concerns can threaten progress.


Key Features of a Paid Family and Medical Leave Program that Meets the Needs of Working Families

By the National Partnership and the Center for American Progress | The United States should adopt a paid leave policy that covers all workers and is accessible, comprehensive, affordable and inclusive.


Paid Leave Works in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island

FACT SHEET | Studies of the nation's three paid family leave programs demonstrate how well paid leave policies work for workers, families and businesses.


FAMILY Act Coalition Letter to Congress

December 5, 2013 | On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the tens of millions of working families we represent, we urge you to become a co-sponsor of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013 (FAMILY Act).


Paid Family and Medical Leave: Good for Business

FACT SHEET | Leading business owners and managers recognize that every worker will at some point need time off to attend to health or family issues.


Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2014)

REPORT | Expecting Better is a comprehensive analysis of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.


El argumento para un programa nacional de seguro para ausencia familiar y médica (El FAMILY Act)

HOJA INFORMATIVA | Una hoja informativa acerca de la necesidad para un programa nacional de seguro para ausencia familiar y médica.


The Case for a National Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

FACT SHEET | A fact sheet on the need for and benefits of a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.


Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ | Answers to frequently asked questions about the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act).


The Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act)

FACT SHEET | A fact sheet on legislation that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program: the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act).


Existing Temporary Disability Insurance Programs

Five states and Puerto Rico provide partial wage replacement for workers who are unable to work due to non-work related injuries or illnesses, including pregnancy.


State Paid Family Leave Laws

CHART | A detailed summary of existing family leave laws in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington.


State Paid Leave Fund: Critical Support for Families and States

FACT SHEET | Details on a federally proposed state paid leave fund that would provide grants to states considering paid leave programs.


Sherfel v. Newson Issue Brief

Wisconsin workers should be able to exercise their rights to paid leave under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act. But does the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act nullify a provision of Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act that permits workers to substitute employer-provided paid leave for unpaid leave?


Using Health Care Well: Strategy Memo for Advocates

Connecting Workplace Leave Policies to National Health Care Transformation The National Partnership for Women & Families conducted a series of interviews with stakeholders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to understand whether emerging trends in United States health care policies provided new openings for advancing workplace leave policies. This research was designed to investigate opportunities to tie workers' access to workplace leave for their own health needs and the health needs of their loved ones (earned paid sick days and paid family and medical leave) to government, provider and employer efforts to improve health care utilization and delivery systems, promote prevention and wellness, improve caregiver engagement and reduce health care spending.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Policymakers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Policymakers, health care systems and providers, and employers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Health Care Providers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Health care providers and systems, policymakers and purchasers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services, improve quality, and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Employers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Employers, health care providers and policymakers are pursuing improvements in health care services and delivery while seeking to reduce health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system innovations and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2012)

Across the political spectrum, more of our nation’s leaders acknowledge that 21st century families face significant challenges in meeting their responsibilities at home and on the job.


Older Adults and Caregivers Need Paid Leave

Paid family and medical leave (“paid leave”) allows older workers to address their own health needs without having to drop out of the labor force.


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