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Rutgers study finds paid family leave leads to positive economic outcomes
Date:1/19/2012

l worker payroll taxes, have passed laws to provide an additional six weeks of paid family leave for bonding with a newborn or newly adopted child. Additionally 10 states (including Washington, where implementation of a paid parental leave program awaits funding authorization) have recently considered paid family leave programs.

"A handful of states have taken the lead in providing some form of paid leave to workers, but it's long past time for a national policy," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership. "Establishing a nationwide standard would allow workers to meet their families' needs without sacrificing their economic security or having to rely on a patchwork of policies. The study demonstrates conclusively that doing so also would benefit businesses and our economy."

The researchers conclude that changing workforce demographics, the work-family needs of a new generation of workers, and national and international trends toward workplace flexibility would create "a powerful case for a careful examination of the United States' family leave policies." Among their recommendations:

  • Expand national job-protected family leave policy to include wage replacement for a broader pool of eligible workers
  • Document potential cost-savings for employers and employees through improved and expanded data collection
  • Provide outreach and education to employers and employees about the health and income security benefits of existing paid family leave policies and
  • Enlist employers in efforts to improve job retention and competitiveness in hiring through the adoption of paid family leave policies.


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Contact: Steven Manas
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732-932-7084 x612
Rutgers University
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