This paper looks at the use of private plan options in the context of state-administered paid family and medical leave programs, describing how states approve and monitor private programs and how the interaction between public and private affect workers’ equitable access to benefits and employer take-up of private plan options.
the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Family Values at Work (FV@W), and others hosted government and community partners from states with PFML programs gathered in Tacoma, Washington for “Paid Leave Collaboration and Connections: A Convening for States Leading the Way,” in October 2019. It focused on advancing equity in state-level PFML efforts. This report, Equity Matters: Lessons on Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs, offers lessons from the event to inform state and federal policymakers, administrators, and advocates in developing and carrying out equity-focused PFML programs.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP). While it does not reinstate the requirement that employers provide paid leave, it does extend and expand the tax credits to employers who choose to provide paid leave. The tax credits will cover the cost of certain COVID-19 related leave taken from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, effectively “resetting the clock” on the emergency leave.
This fact sheet analyzes data from the most recent survey on workers’ and worksites’ experiences with FMLA. The factsheet highlights some of the disparities for the workers who most desperately need leave—strengthening our case that workers need a comprehensive paid leave policy.
Colorado recently won paid family and medical leave through a historic ballot initiative. The passing of Proposition 118 was possible thanks to the work of grassroots organizers and advocates who were willing to build on lessons learned from the nine states and D.C. that already have paid leave programs.
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), providing some employees up to 10 paid sick days and up to 12 weeks of family leave (with 10 of the weeks paid), in addition to other critical measures. This was the first time Congress required federal paid leave for private sector workers—an important first step in ensuring workers earning low wages have access to these benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.