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Paid Family Leave

Today, 81 percent of workers don’t have access to a defined paid parental or family caregiving leave benefit, and 60 percent don’t have access to medical leave. Without paid family leave, many workers face difficult choices as they seek to balance work, family, and health. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated these challenges and shone a spotlight on the need for a national leave program. The good news is that in the last year we have enacted laws to provide federal employees with paid parental leave and millions of workers with emergency paid sick and family leave benefits during the pandemic. But more action is needed.  Workers want pragmatic policies that help them stay connected to the workforce. Paid family leave is one of these solutions and BPC is working with our Paid Family Leave Task Force members – Senators Chris Dodd and Rick Santorum and Secretary Maria Contreras-Sweet – to enact a national program.   

Any national plan is going to have to answer some essential questions: Who will be covered, what will the benefit be, how will the program be structured, and how to pay for it? But on some of these, common ground already exists. It’s time for collaboration and compromise to fill in the gaps.

- Adrienne Schweer

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Our Work

BPC’s paid family leave effort is committed to developing a policy roadmap for bipartisan, common-sense solutions that support America’s working families and promote America’s economic success. 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.