Paid family leave is a workplace policy that honors both family and work responsibilities. This handbook articulates a faith-based case for supporting paid family leave, and the principles that should undergird such a policy.
Access to paid leave increases worker retention for both high and low-paying jobs. In states with paid family leave programs, employers report that paid family leave had either a positive effect or no noticeable effect on productivity, profitability/performance, turnover, and employee morale.
Many organizations that care deeply about their employees fall short of offering what’s needed for child and family health. Paid family leave policy can help organizations embody their family values and provide for their employees.
Welcoming a new child or taking time off for family care can mean forgoing wages. Without paid family leave families must depend on their savings to have family time. Many families cannot buffer lost wages with savings. Family time shouldn’t depend on family wealth.
Parents have a primary role in protecting and nurturing children. Science offers convincing evidence for this. Scientists increasingly trace child brain development to early interactions with loved ones. In the first months of life, a parent’s touch, sound, and attention are the foundation for a healthy brain, healthy body, and healthy relationships. In sum, children flourish in the context of family.
The health of families and of society are bound up with one another. It takes healthy families to sustain a healthy, functioning society. When we respect and protect family caregiving, we strengthen our whole society.
Family leave can support parental well-being and foster healthy family relationships.
Family leave can enable parent-child bonding.
Many Americans feel they have too little time for family or medical care.