State Policies That Affect Working Families

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State Policies That Affect Working Families

August 31, 2004

Abstract

States make many decisions that affect working parents. This paper compiles policy data that cover four types of state decisions: job-protected family care policies; child care subsidies; early childhood education and elementary school schedules; and tax policy. The collection of policies provides a summary of key information in each of the four areas that should be useful for future research. Each section of the report discusses how employers and employees can benefit from
the relevant type of family policy, summarizes the federal role in the policy area, and highlights
state policymaking. Detailed tables outline specific state policy provisions.

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