Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, D.C. 20005

Jan 06, 2011

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (GMT-4)


Center for American Progress Action Fund

More families now have two parents that are full-time workers, making it increasingly important for them to have access to flexible workplace policies. In 2002, California became the first state to implement a paid family leave insurance program, providing workers with paid leave when they have a new child or need to care for a family member with a serious illness. This policy expanded California's temporary disability insurance program that already provided paid leave to seriously ill workers. The Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Center for Economic and Policy Research hosted a panel that showcased research on the implementation and effectiveness of California's legislation and discuss what impact it will have on national policymaking.

Featured speakers included Congressman Pete Stark, as well as CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum; Netsy Firestein, Founder and Director, Labor Project for Working Families; Ruth Milkman, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center; Academic Director, CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute; Ann O'Leary, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund; and Kaelan Richards, Press Secretary, Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

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