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.


Our new report examines why most working Californians are struggling to juggle work and care for family members and examines how the state’s paid family leave program—viewed as a landmark achievement when it was signed in 2002—leaves too many behind.

Salvador’s story…

“Family is all we have so it just breaks my heart that as a contract worker at a hospital and an occasional Lyft driver it’s too expensive for families like mine to access California’s paid family leave plan. Every year there are hundreds of thousands of hard-working families like mine who don’t have the paid time we need to care for our families.”