Paid family leave, or family leave insurance, allows workers to take paid, job-protected leave for family emergencies, such as the birth or adoption of a baby, elder care, or to care for loved ones with a serious injury or illness.
The Hawaiʻi Working Families Coalition is working to pass a law in Hawaiʻi that would create a robust and effective family leave insurance program for Hawaiʻi's workforce. The U.S. is the only developed nation without a program of this nature, so it's up to the states to implement. Five other states and Washington D.C. have their own family leave insurance programs. These programs are not just good in theory; they're good in reality too. Systems with family leave insurance programs show positive economic and social benefits.
Women who receive paid leave after childbirth are...
40% less likely to rely on SNAP benefits
93% more likely to be in the workforce 9-12 months after a child’s birth
Five other states and Washington D.C. have family leave insurance programs. With our help, Hawai‘i can be next.
Usage and Cost of Parental and Family Care Leave in Hawaii
Jeffrey Hayes, PhD, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Paid Family Leave Program Development and Administration
Sarah Jane Glynn, PhD