States Don’t Fare Well in Family Leave Study
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More than a third of states received a failing grade when it comes to family leave laws, according to a new report from a non-profit advocacy group.
The National Partnership for Women & Families assessed the 50 states’ laws and programs for new parents and gave 18 of them a failing grade for “failing to provide a single benefit or program to help support families before and after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.”
The two states that received top grades, A-, were Connecticut and California, while Washington D.C. and New Jersey received B+ grades, followed by Hawaii, Oregon and Washington with Bs.
“Only 38 percent of workers have short-term disability insurance (paid for by the employer), which provides some income during a woman’s pregnancy-related disability leave,” Fox News reported. “Most women can’t afford to have unpaid leave. In nearly two-thirds of families, women are the primary or co-breadwinners so unpaid leave can cause financial hardship. Low wage workers are hit hardest by the lack of family-friendly policies.”
How would you rate the family leave policies at you and/or your husband's workplace?