On September 9th, the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Chief Evaluation Office, will host a Paid Family and Medical Leave Findings Symposium. The event will provide an opportunity for advocates, policy makers, and legislators to hear about new research findings, to share lessons learned and successes, and to discuss the future for paid family leave policies in the U.S.
Opening remarks by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
Session 1: Panel presentation of findings by Women's Bureau's 2014 Paid Leave grantees
- The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services – Economic impact analysis, financing and benefit models, and a cost-benefit study to assess the feasibility of enacting a paid family leave program
- The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards – Microsimulation model that will help the state estimate eligibility, take-up and benefit costs of a variety of proposed paid family and medical leave programs
- The Montana Department of Labor and Industry – Feasibility and economic impact of creating a state paid family leave program – including providing financing, eligibility and benefit recommendations – and to conduct public opinion research for communications and implementation purposes
Session 2: Paid Leave research presentations
- The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training – Effectiveness of the Rhode Island Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program and its benefits for Rhode Islanders, as well as the public's awareness of the program
- Simulation of Different Effects of Paid Leave – Heidi Hartmann and Jeffrey Hayes (Institute for Women's Policy Research)
- Study on the Long-term Effects of Paternity Leave in California – Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University)/Maya Rossin-Slater (UC-Santa Barbara)/Chris Ruhm (University of Virginia)
For those unable to attend in person, the symposium will also be live streamed. Check dol.gov/wb for details.
- Study on the Business Effects of the Rhode Island Paid Leave Law – Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University)/Ann Bartel (Columbia University)