Navigation Links
Paid Family Leave Program Goes Mostly Unused
Date:9/2/2008

Study finds only 5% of Californians took benefit of nation's 1st such law, passed in 2004

TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Few parents with chronically ill kids have made use of California's pioneering paid family leave program, and most of them are not even aware it exists, according to researchers at the Rand Corp.

In 2004, California adopted the nation's first family leave law. It is funded by employees through an automatic payroll deduction of an average of $1 per week.

After a one-week waiting period, the program provides most employees six weeks of non-job-protected paid leave annually to care for ill family members, and pays up to 55 percent of an individual's salary.

In a study in the Sept. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers surveyed the parents of chronically ill children.

Six months before the program began, 21 percent of parents reporting taking at least four weeks of leave during the proceeding year to care for their child. Eighteen months into the program, there was no significant change in this percentage, even when compared to similar groups of parents in Illinois, a state without paid family leave.

The researchers also found that only 18 percent of the survey respondents were aware of the program, and only 5 percent had used the benefits.

The majority of the parents who took enough leave to qualify for the program did not know it existed. And, those who did not take leave even when they felt their child's illness required it were also unaware of the program. These parents remained at work because they feared losing income, losing their jobs, and damaging their careers.

"We were surprised that the vast majority of these parents didn't even known about the program," Mark Schuster, a Rand researcher and chief of general pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, said in a JAMA news release. "Parents seem to have no idea that they are paying for this benefit. They're leaving money on the table at a time when they could really use it to be with their sick kids."

The lack of awareness about the leave program may be due in part to the fact that the California law did not require employers to notify all employees about the program, and no comprehensive public education campaign was initiated about it, the researchers said.

More information

The Paid Family Leave Collaborative has more about California's paid family leave act.



-- Krisha McCoy



SOURCE: RAND Corporation, news release, Sept. 2, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
2. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
3. Isolation of a new gene family essential for early development
4. Lake Elsinore Family Caregiver Receives Free Power Wheelchair From The SCOOTER Store
5. Family-based treatment more effective than supportive psychotherapy in treating bulimia
6. R. P. Simmons Family Foundation Pledges $2 Million for New Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Campus
7. BlueCare(R) Family Plan, a HUSKY Health Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Raises Awareness, Funds and Diapers for New Haven Diaper Bank
8. Regional Center of Orange County Expands Family Support Resources to Meet Growing Needs
9. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Pushes for Pre-K Expansion in Georgia
10. Family History Has Strong Effect on Cardiac Risk
11. Childs Flu Shot Helps Whole Family
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... After ... officially opened registration today for its 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference, ... , The theme of the conference is “Persistent Challenges and New Opportunities: Using ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Mirixa Corporation , a leading ... pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the promotions of Karen Litsinger to senior ... of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa in 2008 after serving as a ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Premier Fitness Camp (PFC) and The Chopra Center for ... and wellness program, at their world headquarters of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa ... to anyone seeking weight loss, personal development, a healthy lifestyle, or mental and physical ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Medical Center has been recognized for adherence to the highest standards of ... medical accreditation organizations, announced the center's president and CEO, Dr. Daniel Messina. , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Healthcare ... Act. Dr. Botelho advocates for the mass media launching of story movements to ... opportunities to share their unfortunate experiences; such a movement can generate the network ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  Boehringer Ingelheim announced today ... Equality Index (CEI). This is the ninth time that ... designated as a Best Place to Work for LGBT ... CEI is a national benchmarking report on corporate policies ... bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. "We ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... December 8, 2016 According to a new market ... Sleep, Fetal), Therapeutic (Pain, Insulin)), End Use (Sports, Fitness, RPM), Type (Smart ... MarketsandMarkets, the global market, in terms of value, is projected to reach ... CAGR of 18.0% during the forecast period. ... ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... FRANCISCO , Dec. 8, 2016 ... today announced that it has closed a $23 ... McKesson Ventures and OrbiMed. The company seeks to ... time physicians spend on mandated EHR documentation. The ... scribe service that frees doctors from 3 hours ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: