Recently, The Diane Rehm show discussed state programs that require paid family leave for workers and efforts to institute such policies federally.
Here is a description of the podcast:
Most federal workplace laws date back to the 1930s when a majority of mothers did not work outside the home. As family and work patterns have shifted, the need for paid time off to care for family members has increased. In the absence of federal paid leave, a few states have passed laws that allow employees to take paid leave to care for a newborn, adopted child or seriously ill relative. Rhode Island, California and New Jersey allow workers to pay part of their wages into a fund that pays for the leave. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the impact of paid leave on businesses and families.
Lisa Horn – director of congressional affairs, Society for Human Resource Management.
Brigid Schulte – reporter, The Washington Post and author of the upcoming book: “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time.”
Ellen Bravo – executive director, Family Values @ Work.
Kirsten Gillibrand – U.S. Senator, New York (D).