Paid Family Leave in the United States
Weis Goodman, Veronica
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This Capstone memorandum gives a background on economic trends in the latter half of the twentieth century to today that have changed the demographics of American families, including the rise of dual earner households and women’s labor force participation. With that history as a backdrop, this Capstone delves into the issue of family leave as a critical policy in accommodating working families and presents evidence on the social, political, and economic costs and benefits of paid family leave, including a review of the current states which mandate such programs for employees, and provides a policy path forward toward a national paid family leave program with specific recommendations.