In their new book, Unfinished Business, CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and CUNY's Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Currently just 12 percent of U.S workers have paid family leave through their employers.
At this briefing, Appelbaum and Milkman will discuss in detail the effects of California's landmark paid family leave law on employers and workers. They will also explore the implications of the state's decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.
In addition, the National Partnership for Women and Family's Rachel Lyons will outline the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for a national paid family and medical leave insurance program to benefit workers, their families, businesses and our economy.