Paid Family and Medical Leave

Welcoming a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – a handful of times in life, we all need to take significant time off work to care for our families or ourselves. But most workers have only limited paid leave to deal with their family health needs, and many have no leave at all. A Paid Family and Medical Leave Program is a simple solution, providing income when it really counts – so a blessed event or health crisis doesn’t turn into a family economic crisis.


Research and Publications

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Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

Fact Sheet | September 28, 2016

A new baby, cancer diagnosis, or dying parent – occasionally we all need to take extended

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Every Job a Path to Opportunity

Report | August 3, 2016

Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great R

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Latest Blog Posts

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Victory for paid family leave in Washington State!

Marilyn Watkins | June 30, 2017

Washingtonians sent tens of thousands of emails and made hundreds of visits to legislators

The author, Starbucks barista Kristen Picciolo, had a baby last year. She says the company's paid leave policy, which offers corporate employees more time off than baristas, is inequitable. Photo courtesy of Kristin Piccolo
Paid family leave at Starbucks: The headlines vs. the reality

Economic Opportunity Institute | March 17, 2017

Starbucks got headlines for announcing a new employee family leave policy. But as this sto

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Why it Matters

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