Topic Paid Leave

Paid leave—including parental leave for new parents, medical leave to care for one’s own serious illness, and caregiving leave to provide care for loved ones—is a critical element of family economic security. Women’s labor force participation in the United States has played a key role in economic growth, yet it has also left millions of families to navigate the conflict between their care and labor market responsibilities, a problem that will only grow worse as the U.S. population ages. Six states plus Washington, DC have enacted paid leave laws, additional states and localities are considering paid leave legislation, and multiple policy proposals exist at the federal level as well. Equitable Growth is accelerating the growth of the knowledge base that informs policymaking at the local, state, and federal level to ensure that solutions to family caregiving challenges work for families, employers, and the economy as a whole.

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Paid sick time and paid family and medical leave support workers in different ways and are both good for the broader U.S. economy

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Factsheet: What does the research say about the economics of paid leave?

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Paid Family and Medical Leave in the United States: A Research Agenda

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The economic imperative of enacting paid family leave across the United States

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Paid family care leave is a missing piece in the U.S. social insurance system

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Paid medical leave research

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Explore Content in Paid Leave150

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The Impact of Paid Sick Leave Mandates on Women’s Employment, Income, and Economic Security

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Coronavirus disruptions in family caregiving highlight the importance of investments in U.S. care infrastructure and paid leave

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NBER Summer Institute 2021 Round-up: Week 3

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Factsheet: What does the research say about the economics of paid leave?

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Factsheet: What does the research say about care infrastructure?

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Caregiving in a Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Well-being of Family Caregivers 55+ in the U.S.

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Coronavirus Recession

Equitable Growth invests in research grants to explore the role of paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave amid the coronavirus recession

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COVID-19 and Paid Leave: Assessing the Impact of the FFCRA

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Access to Paid Leave during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Evidence from NYC

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Did Paid Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave Ameliorate the Health and Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Factsheet: New study shows that emergency paid sick leave reduced COVID-19 infections in the United States

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Wage discrimination and the exploitation of workers in the U.S. labor market

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