Comparing Trump’s Parental Leave Proposal With California’s Paid Family Leave

The President’s Parental Leave Proposal

The President’s budget for 2018 proposes a parental leave policy that  would require employers to offer six weeks of pay to parents to bond with a new child. States would be obligated to pay for the program through their Unemployment Insurance program.

Experts point to several problems with this proposal. The benefit amount is insufficient to really help families. It doesn’t include the protection for individuals who need pay while caring for seriously ill family members. It places all the cost burden on states.

Paid Family Leave in California

California was the first state to offer Paid Family Leave to new parents and caregivers. Paid for by employees through a small Disability Insurance payroll tax, parents of new birth, adopted or foster child can receive up to six weeks of partial pay. The benefit is also available to those caring for a seriously ill family member.

Since the law passed in 2002, hundreds of thousands of parents and caregivers have been able to Paid Family Leave. But if an employer is not subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which only applies to employers of 50 or more, they are not required to rehire the employee.  Closing this loophole, so all working parents and caregivers can receive the benefit,  is a top priority for advocates.

Paid Parental Leave is Rising to the Top of Our National Agenda

Babies and foster kids need time to bond with new parents as part of their healthy development.  We are the only industrialized country that doesn’t give new parents time to bond with their kids. And we need to support all working families who have responsibilities to care for family members. We support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, by Senators DeLauro and Gillibrand, which is more similar to our California law and would be funded by a small tax on both employees and employers.