"Jane Waldfogel, a professor at Columbia University who studies public policy and child and family well-being, is responsible for submitting the report on the United States to the annual international paid leave report that Moss compiles.
Reading through the report each year, seeing what other countries are doing is "tough," she said. Most countries in the report offer families as much as one year with some portion of their incomes replaced while they physically recover, breastfeed and bond as a family.
"Despite the best efforts of some policymakers and health care innovators, it is unlikely that we will see a drop in the need for informal and unpaid caregivers anytime soon. Consequently, it is especially important for workers to have access to benefits such as workplace flexibility and paid family leave should they need to take time to care for themselves or a loved one. Supporting caregivers with these policies will go a long way toward recognizing our invaluable informal care community and increasing cost savings for taxpayers by reducing costly hospital and nursing home stays."
"Without institutional supports like paid family leave, paid sick days, or a national system of quality affordable childcare, let alone accommodating bosses, low- and middle-income working parents are left to their individual devices and the results are tenuous."
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On 10 January Rense Nieuwenhuis defended his doctoral thesis 'Family Policy Outcomes' at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, receiving 'Cum Laude'. Nieuwenhuis carried out international research in the field of the participation of women in employment and earnings inequality between coupled households. His research reveals that government policy which focusses on providing families with financial support increases earnings inequality between coupled households. High family allowances have a negative impact on the participation of mothers in employment.
Rhode Island, where paid family leave was approved by wide margins in the state House and Senate in just one session in July, joins California and New Jersey as the only states to offer workers family leave that is paid not by taxpayers or employers but, like Social Security, out of a pool of employee paycheck contributions.