Biden’s paid vacation plan at risk as lawmakers seek cuts


Research on California, the first state to offer paid family vacations, has mostly shown that paid vacations have a positive impact on women’s life expectancy Wages and labor force participation. Nine states and the District of Columbia have passed something paid vacation programs.

Christopher J. Ruhm, professor of public policy and economics at the University of Virginia, found that under California’s Paid Vacation Act, 17 percent of mothers who worked during their pregnancy were estimated at 17 percent are more likely to have returned to work within a year of the child’s birth. In the second year of their child’s life, the mothers’ working hours increased.

“There is pretty strong evidence that we would see positive effects,” said Mr. Ruhm. “It won’t lead to a huge increase in the employment or participation of women, but it would be a modest one.”

Maya Rossin-Slater, associate professor of health policy at Stanford University, said research found guidelines include up to a year of paid leave can increase the participation of women in the labor force after birth. The California program has seen the biggest gain in vacation for black mothers, who are reported to be more likely to take maternity leave Ms. Rossin-Slater’s research.

“Implementing paid family leave can reduce inequalities,” said Ms. Rossin-Slater.

Pepper Nappo, 33, a mother in Derry, NH, said she was left alone to care for her newborn son on the day she was released from hospital in 2016. It had to be sewn after the birth.

As a hairdresser, she had no paid parental leave and her husband couldn’t afford to take more than a week off from his landscaping job. The family downgraded their car and limited what they bought at the grocery store, but still struggled to keep up with the bills.

“If I had had paid leave, we would not have stayed behind,” said Ms. Nappo.

Public support for paid family and sick leave is strong, but Americans tend to differ on certain guidelines. One recently CBS News / YouGov A survey found that 73 percent of US adults surveyed supported government funding for paid family and sick leave.

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