Funding for Leave Studies Announced

How can states develop and implement successful paid family and medical leave programs? The Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration will make $500,000 available to fund feasibility studies for such programs in up to five states. Secretary Perez announced the funding at the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, and on June 27 the department sent letters to all 50 state governors, inviting them to submit applications outlining their interest in leave feasibility studies. “States are demonstrating that you can do this,” Perez said. “It’s the right thing to do and it’s the smart thing to do.” Currently only three states — California, New Jersey and Rhode Island — offer paid family and medical leave.