Despite being one of the most advanced economies in the world, the United States remains the only high-income nation, and one of only eight countries globally, without a federal policy mandating paid leave for mothers. While some associate paid leave reform with adverse economic consequences, research increasingly suggests that paid family leave is a vital instrument for prosperity via increased workforce participation, happier and more productive employees, and stronger, healthier working-class families.
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Benefits to Employees
The prevalence of a “family-gap” – the disparity between the wages of mothers versus other working women – can be neutralized by the introduction of job-protected paid family leave. Allowing employees to prioritize their family following the birth or adoption of a child contributes to overall satisfaction and increases productivity and propensity to continue working after periods of leave.
Benefits to Employers
The absence of a federal guideline for paid family leave creates retention and turnover issues when employees inevitably take time away to care for their children or sick family members. Studies show that paid leave can be implemented with little to no cost to employers and actually benefits businesses by reducing training and hiring costs associated with staff turnover.
Benefits to Society
While paid family leave is shown to directly benefit both employees and their employers, there are also important societal benefits that can directly stem from paid leave reform; children are healthier with higher ceilings and fewer families require public assistance when paid leave is an option.
Legislative Paid Family Leave Toolkit
Director | Center for Talent & Opportunity
U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District
Lecturer, Kelley School of Business
Columnist, Indiana Capital Chronicle