May 5, 2011
Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
UCLA Labor Center
675 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, California, 90057
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 Labor Project for Working Families and the UCLA Labor Center sponsored a discussion with the authors about the study and opportunities for the future. The discussion included comments by leaders of worker centers and union activists. The event was moderated by Victor Narro, project director at the UCLA Labor Center.