Paid leave policies ensure workers can deal with their own or a family member’s illness or the arrival of a child without endangering their financial well-being or success in the workplace. Growing bipartisan interest in ensuring access to paid leave is reflected in policies that have been proposed or enacted at the local, state, and federal levels. To inform ongoing debates, Urban Institute researchers are gathering evidence to understand how paid family, medical, and sick leave policies affect children, parents, families, and employers.
A recent proposal would allow new parents to trade future Social Security benefits for a few months of paid leave.
America's aging population is linked to a growing need among family caregivers for paid family leave.
How do families fare financially in the time around a birth?
The president’s budget includes a proposal to provide working parents six weeks of paid leave after childbirth or adoption.