Paid Medical and Family Leave

Below is a compilation of paid family and medical leave research. According to the law, most businesses must provide job-protected leave (up to 12 weeks) each year for employees to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, seriously ill family member or for the worker’s own illness. However, the required job-protected leave is unpaid, which can present a major issue to workers, especially working parents. Included in our research are a fact sheet on the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009, studies on why paid family and medical leave is essential for all workers and for the well-being of children and polling data on support for paid family medical leave, among other facts and analyses.

Summary of Federal Legislation: A summary of different legislative proposals presented to the House and Senate, and their current status. Compiled by the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby and Alliance.

Policy Briefing Series: Paid Family Leave: A brief prepared by Julie Weber of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, explaining paid family leave, and highlighting why it is important. It was published in 2009.*

Fact Sheet: Impact of Family Leave Insurance on Small Businesses in New Hampshire : A fact sheet put together by the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby and Alliance and New Hampshire Work and Family Coalition. Released ???*

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Support Paid Sick Days for NH: A list of the top ten most important reasons to support paid sick days in NH, published by the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby and Alliance.

Paid Sick Days: A Strategy to Reduce Communicable Disease Transmission in New Hampshire : A Fact sheet by Human Impact Partners, published in July of 2009, which describes how paid sick days in NH would eliminate some of the risk of the spread of communicable disease.

Healrth Impact Assessment of the Healthy Families Act of 2009: A Health Impact Assessment, put together by Human Impact Partners, and the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, published in June of 2009.

Policy Mini-Brief Series Work-Family Information On: Paid Sick Days: A brief compiled by Julie Weber of the Sloan work and Family Research Network, highlighting the importance of paid sick days as a policy issue.

Fact Sheet: Paid Sick Days Improve Public Health: A brief put together by the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby highlighting the public health benefits of paid sick leave. *

Fact Sheet: Paid Sick Days Make Good Business Sense: A brief put together by the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby and Alliance highlighting the business benefits for paid sick leave for employees. *

Executive Summary Valuing Good Health in New Hampshire: This report, published by Kevin Miller and Claudia Williams of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in October of 2009, highlights the benefits to public health and cost effectiveness for employers.

Paid Sick Time Helps Workers Balance work and Family:  A brief written by Kristin Smith of the Carsey Insitute in spring of 2009, detailing the benefits to workers job security and loyalty inspired by paid sick leave.

Bills by Theme: Paid Sick Leave: A legislative summary sheet listing different paid sick leave bills introduced in state legislatures between 2009 and 2010. It was accumulated* by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, based in Boston College.*