Scaled-back paid family leave plan could be ‘game-changer’ if it passes, experts say

By Stephen Loiaconi


However, some funding for their priorities is still arguably better than none, and experts say even incremental changes that fall short of progressives’ goals could have lasting benefits. According to Hannah Matthews, deputy executive director for policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, four weeks of guaranteed leave would be a “game-changer” for the millions of low-wage workers who currently have no paid leave at all.

“Congress has an opportunity to create a structure and framework for a national paid family and medical leave program for the first time in our country,” Matthews said. “This would be transformational for workers and families.”

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