New York most recently became the fourth U.S. state to add its own paid family leave law to make sure private employers allow workers to take time off with at least partial pay so they may care for a new child in the family or for a sick loved one. Washington state passed a law years ago but never enacted it because of funding issues. Connecticut’s legislature introduced bills in 2017 that only received symbolic debate in the state’s capital, though Democrats vow to bring the issue up again this year.
The Modern Dads Podcast looks at the shifting momentum on the issue by bring in Dina Bakst, co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance, an organization dedicated to promote equality and expand choices for women and men at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Along with the New York’s employee-funded paid family leave law, she talks about the 25th anniversary of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the potential for a nationwide paid family leave program.