Friday, September 15, 2017

MassBudget: Evidence on How Paid Leave Helps Working Mothers


Report Examines Effect of Paid Leave on Working Mothers
Working parents are more economically secure when they can maintain an income while taking time away from their job to nurture and bond with a new child. One of the goals of paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws is to help new parents maintain an attachment to the labor force. MassBudget's new report, How Paid Family & Medical Leave Impacts Working Mothers, examines recent research including a study of the experience in California, which has the longest-standing and best-documented PFML program in the nation. 

Examining the employment history of working mothers before and after the California PFML law took effect, the study finds that after the law, women were substantially more likely to be working a year after having a child than before the law. While new mothers who accessed the state's paid family leave program were out of the workforce in the short term, they were more likely to return to work and remain employed than those without access to PFML

MassBudget's new report also examines the data on how often mothers are the primary or sole source of income in a family with children as well as the current availability of paid family and medical leave in New England. It also examines other outcomes in states with PFML laws, including the lengths of leaves taken and the effects on wages.

MassBudget's new report can be read here.

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