As October – National Work & Family Month – draws to a close, David Gray notes an important anniversary in an article on The Huffington Post. Five years ago, California became the first state to offer wage replacement to workers who take time off for family and care giving responsibilities. The piece, titled “California: An Example of State Action of Workplace Flexibility,” notes the importance of additional legislation that will allow employees to reconcile family needs with workplace demands.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
In 2004, California sought to meet these needs by using its disability insurance program to help fund wage replacement for workers who take time off to have a baby or care for a relative. Five years later, there are still many questions about the effectiveness of the California program. We don’t know if more workers took leave as a result of paid family leave. There are real questions of how other states or the federal government can afford wage replacement for time off in a great recession. We do know that very few workers took advantage of the program and that low-income workers were least likely to know about the program. Yet California acted and acted boldly, and more states should take notice.
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By Allison Porton