The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vast need for paid family leave among the American workforce. Currently, only 21 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid leave, stifling our economic potential and undermining the health and economic opportunity of working families. In Ohio, even unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act is inaccessible for 61 percent of working people.
In the absence of a state or national standard, business and nonprofit leaders are stepping up to provide paid leave policies to their employees. That’s why we are worked alongside Geben Communication and the Human Services Chamber of Franklin County to create a Best Practices Guide on Paid Family Leave Policies for nonprofit and business leaders taking the important step of implementing or updating their paid leave policies.
Paid family leave policies have been tied to employee retention, job satisfaction, and increased productivity. It is also a foundational policy in supporting the economic security and workforce participation of working people, particularly for women and people of color. Paid leave is the right thing to do, and it’s good for business, workers, and families. Our latest guide provides resources and best practices for nonprofit and business leaders to take the lead on leave within their own organizations.