Paid family leave plan sparks new debate in Congress

By Peter Urban

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"Pronita Gupta of the Center for Law and Social Policy was a witness at the hearing. She pointed to studies that have found the majority of African-American, Latino and low-wage employees cannot afford to take unpaid leave.

“Relying on tax incentives or state strategies is not enough. It leaves huge gaps in access,” she said.

Gupta noted that there are cost benefits to paid family leave. A California study found the program has led to an 11 percent decline among the elderly in nursing home use."

 

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