Workers who lose their jobs due to caring for older, sick, or disabled family members are unlikely to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, according to a new report, "Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers: An Analysis of State Rules and Practices." This is the case despite provisions in some states' UI rules that are intended to address such situations.
"Although many employers report that they provide paid sick time to most of their employees, few extend this crucial labor standard to all employees. The study, which surveyed over 1,000 employers with 50 or more employees, found that less than half--41 percent--offered all employees with at least one year on the job access to paid sick days. Another 46 percent said they offered most employees with one year of tenure paid sick days. (These numbers vary slightly for employers with paid time off (PTO) policies, which aggregate all forms of leave.
Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women & Families
In this blog for the Huffington Post, National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra L. Ness explains the National Partnership's new calculation that the FMLA has been used more than 200 million times. Here's an excerpt:
"This year, we sought to determine just how big an impact the FMLA has had these last 22 years. The result tells a bittersweet story about our nation — one of progress, problems and possibility.
Rense Nieuwenhuis and Laurie C. Maldonado will be coordinating a stream on single parents at the upcoming ESPAnet conference (September 3-5, 2015, Odense, Denmark). We very much hope that interested scholars consider submitting an abstract, or might forward this call to interested collaborators. We hope to bring together a group of experts on the nexus of social policy and single parents.
“What are the true economic effects of paid leave? Real-life experiments are underway in three states that already have operational paid leave programs: California, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Their experiences — particularly California’s, where the policy is a decade old — offer some answers. (New Jersey’s started in 2009 and Rhode Island’s last year.) Economists have found that with paid leave, more people take time off, particularly low-income parents who may have taken no leave or dropped out of the work force after the birth.