Americans overwhelmingly support the idea of paid family leave, whether to care for a new child, one’s own illness, or a sick family member. Republicans and Democrats have come a long way toward finding agreement on this issue, but Congress has yet to turn that growing consensus into actionable, bipartisan policy. BPC’s Task Force on Paid Family Leave seeks to take that next step.
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a national paid family leave policy. Only 15 percent of employees have access to a defined paid family leave benefit. Many working parents of newborns return to work too early and millions struggle to balance their family’s health and wellbeing with the need to provide financial security.