Public Policy

Paid family leave is popular
and impactful public policy.

 
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Paid Family Leave: Why It Matters

Americans are moving away from family to find work, leaving them without support when a health crisis hits. Millions of families struggle with being able to care for their senior relatives -- an aging population that will double in the next 20 years.

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Paid Family Leave: Messages That Resonate

Many voters still don’t understand what paid family leave is, or that they’re not alone in struggling to care for their families. 1 in 4 women go back to work less than 2 weeks after giving birth because the vast majority of Americans (86%) have no paid leave.

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Making Caregiving Work for America’s Families

1 in 6 Americans provide unpaid care for an aging or chronically ill parent, or a person with disabilities. And with 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 every day the need for time to care for our loved ones is only increasing.

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Women's Economic Empowerment and Paid Family Leave

Strong, accessible, gender-neutral paid family leave policies empower women in the workplace and support economic security. Women are grossly underrepresented in leadership at the workplace, are less likely to advance in their careers than men, and experience a widening pay gap as their careers progress.

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1 in 4 Women: Lack of Access to Paid Family Leave is a Public Health Crisis

One in four mothers are forced to return to work less than 10 days after giving birth. This troubling statistic directly contributes to poor infant and maternal health outcomes, for which the U.S. ranks at the bottom compared to other similar industrialized nations.

 

Great Workplace Policy

Paid family leave policies help businesses recruit and retain the best talent.

  • Paid Leave FAQ All you need to know to get yourself (and your team) started with paid leave. Read More

  • TOOLKITOur Toolkit and Workshop provides a step-by-step guide that will help you achieve better family leave policies.Read More

  • Template Proposal A sample policy proposal that you can customize and present to your employer.Read More

 
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Our Index of Top Employers

Paid Family Leave Policies at Top US Employers

 

Our Reports

We don't just run campaigns—research and analysis is central to what we do at PL+US.

 

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Left Behind: How California’s Paid Family Leave Program is Failing People in Low-Wage Jobs and the Gig Economy

The cracks in California’s existing paid family leave program leave many of the state’s low-wage residents, government employees, and people working in the gig economy to fend for themselves.

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Work in Progress: Paid Family Leave at the Top U.S. Employers

A new standard for paid leave has emerged, and it includes hourly workers, fathers, and more time to care. Workplaces across this country are transforming—and its time for all family-friendly brands to put families first.

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America's Caregiving Crunch: Are Businesses Ready?

Our research shows that companies are unprepared for the silver tsunami—nearly every single employer we surveyed has no offering of paid family caregiving time to meet this demand.

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Left Out: How corporate America’s parental leave policies discriminate

An in-depth look at the paid family leave policies of the largest employers in the United States reveals a stark picture of exactly who is being left out: dads and adoptive parents.

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The Haves & Have Nots of Paid Family Leave: Unequal Policies from the Nation's Largest Employers

Unequal paid family leave policies at the nation's largest retail employers hits low-income and households of color the hardest.

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Forging Ahead or Falling Behind? Paid Family Leave at America's Top Companies

114 million Americans have no paid family leave. Corporate America can be part of the solution.