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1 For the Children: Why Work-Family Policies Matter First Focus Congressional Briefing September 21, 2011 Vicki Shabo National Partnership for Women & Families 1

2 The world of work and family has fundamentally changed Source: The Shriver Report, “The New Breadwinners” (2009) For the first time, women make up half of all workers Women as % of labor force Traditional families Moms of children under 6 at work

3 About four in ten private sector workers nationwide do not have paid sick days. Many more lack sick time that can be used to care for a sick child. Only 11% of workers have access to paid family leave through their employer. Only half of workers have access to unpaid time off through the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for serious illness and caregiving. Unpredictable, unstable and rigid schedules are common – and nothing prevents employers from retaliating against workers who request or need flexibility and predictability. Workplace policies fail workers

4 Lower-wage, service sector and part-time workers are least likely to have paid sick days Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (7/2011) Percent of Private Sector Workers Without Access to Paid Sick Time

5 Workers of color – particularly Latino workers – tend to lack paid sick days Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research (3/2011)

6 Lack of paid sick days has real consequences for parents and kids “My daughter is asthmatic. I have 8 hours [of leave] left to last me until December. If you call in, you’re written up. If you’re written up twice, you lose your job.” - Dallas insurance agency worker “This is not a common cold, it’s serious—it will affect his whole life.” - Los Angeles medical lab assistant, fired for taking sick time to obtain son’s autism diagnosis “I have sent [my daughter] to school borderline sick. …[S]he had pink eye, I think… I wiped her eyes and shoved her off to school.” - New York City non-profit worker Source: National Partnership for Women & Families and Family Work (2011) 6

7 Lack of paid sick days means more sick kids at school and in emergency rooms 2.15 times more likely 5 times more likely Source: NORC/University of Chicago poll (6/2010) Parents with children under 18

8 When workers stay home, a few unpaid sick days can jeopardize basic family necessities Average two-worker family with no paid sick days Source: Economic Policy Institute (6/2011) Number of unpaid sick days 8

9 Lack of access to paid leave harms parents and children Paid leave has been associated with declines in infant and child mortality rates. Mothers’ return to employment too early after childbirth is associated with decreased cognitive development for children down the line. Early return to work diminishes mothers’ ability to breastfeed children. Sources: Gomby and Pei (2009), Appelbaum and Milkman (2011) 9

10 “We put in a lot of ‘voluntary’ time. We get told things like, ‘If you can’t handle it or it’s too much work for you, maybe we can find someone else.’” - Los Angeles clerical aide “My job is flexible for school—they’re all for it. But when it [comes] down to me… hav[ing] to rush home because my mom has to go to the hospital and has no way to get there on her own, they make me wait until an hour before clock-out time or say they can’t let me go at all.” - Los Angeles retail associate Lack of flexibility contributes to insecurity and instability Source: National Partnership for Women & Families and Family Work (2011) 10

11 Policy Solutions: Paid Sick Days Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1876/S. 984)  Sponsors: Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Tom Harkin  1 hour of paid sick time earned for every 30 hours worked, up to 7 days per year  Accrues to workers to care for themselves or family members, and for doctor’s appointments  Would allow victims of domestic violence to seek assistance  Non-retaliation provision  Businesses that offer equivalent PTO for the same purposes do not need to offer additional time off 11

12 Paid sick days in 2011 State/local legislation and campaigns Hawaii Denver Ballot Measure: Nov Seattle City Council: passed Sept. 2011! 12

13 Kids benefit when parents have paid sick days Sick kids. Parents are able to care for sick children at home and get them treatment, shortening the duration of illness. Well kids. Paid sick days help parents get their kids necessary immunizations and well-child visits. Chronic conditions. Sick days help parents address their children’s chronic conditions, preventing manageable problems from escalating. Healthy children are more focused, miss fewer days of school and experience fewer behavioral problems. 13

14 Paid Leave Policies in the States California’s and New Jersey’s statewide paid family leave insurance programs:  6 weeks of leave  Funded by employee contributions  To be used to care for new child or ill family member  Build on existing state systems for temporary disability insurance 14

15 Federal-Level Paid Leave Proposals State Paid Leave Fund National Paid Family Leave Insurance proposal (expected introduction in Fall 2011) Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (H.R. 616, Rep. Maloney) 15

16 Children benefit when parents have paid family leave Seriously ill children recover faster with a parent’s care – hospital stays are reduced by 31 percent. Newborns whose mothers take longer leaves before returning to work are more likely to be taken to the pediatrician for regular checkups and more likely to be breastfed. Fathers who take leave are more likely to stay involved in their child’s care. Sources: Heymann (2001), Gomby and Pei (2009) 16

17 California’s paid family leave program promotes good child care Percentage of workers in low-quality jobs reporting a positive effect on: Source: Appelbaum and Milkman (1/2011)

18 California’s paid family leave program has promoted breastfeeding among new mothers Median duration of breastfeeding (number of weeks): Source: Appelbaum and Milkman (1/2011)

19 Support for a national paid sick days law extends across all partisan groups Do you favor or oppose a law guaranteeing all workers a minimum number of paid sick days to care for themselves or immediate family members? Source: NORC/University of Chicago poll (6/2010)

20 Work-family policies are popular across all partisan groups Would you support: Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research (10/2010) 20

21 For More Information Vicki Shabo Director, Work & Family Programs National Partnership for Women & Families 202/


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