US Labor Department Announces $1.1M to Study Paid Leave Programs

paid leaveUS Labor Department announces $1.1M to study paid-leave programs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau today awarded $1.1 million in grants to research and analyze how paid-leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country. The grants build on the Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program that, since 2014, has committed more than $3 million to 17 states and municipalities to support research and analysis on the implementation of paid family and medical-leave programs.

Millions of working Americans have caregiving responsibilities for both young children and aging parents, but only 12% of private-sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. Those without paid family leave are unable to care ill loved ones without risking their jobs and losing their paychecks.

Paid family and medical leave programs help workers with caregiving responsibilities and serious health needs remain in the workforce. At the same time, these programs help businesses by cutting down on training costs, while keeping workers attached to the labor force and boosting earnings over time.

For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/paidleave/.