Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. UC Berkeley School of Law Goldberg Room 215 Boalt Hall Berkeley, California, 94704
A study by CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and academic director of CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute, shows that California’s Paid Family Leave program – which offers paid leave to workers when they take time off to care for a new child or sick family member – has received high marks from employers and employees alike since its implementation six years ago. The authors call for an expansion of Paid Family Leave to build on its early successes, and for efforts to promote increased awareness of it across California.
The UC Berkeley Warren Institute, the Labor Project for Working Families, Berkeley Law and the Berkley Center on Health, Economic and Family Security sponsored a discussion with the authors about the study and opportunities for the future. The discussion included comments by Catherine Albiston, professor of law and professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, and Sylvia Guendelman, professor of the Department of Community Health and Human Development and chair of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. The event was moderated by Ann O'Leary, executive director of the Berkley Center on Health, Economic and Family Security.