ERIC Number: ED475640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Putting Parenting First: Why It's Time for Universal Paid Leave. PPI Policy Report.
Atkinson, Robert D.
Although the Family and Medical Leave Act enabled some parents to take unpaid parental leave in order to fulfill family responsibilities, it did not cover all workers and did not provide workers the financial support to do so. This policy report calls for Congress to: require states to allow new parents who have been working to collect unemployment insurance; extend the Family and Medical Leave Act to cover all establishments with greater than 25 workers; expand the child tax credit to $2,000 for parents with children under the age of 1 year, when one parent is staying home with the child; and allow parents who take off work during the first 3 years of their childs life to later make up the tax free retirement contributions they missed. The report discusses the benefits of establishing strong parental bonds with infants, the decline in the number of stay-at-home parents, and parental leave policies in other nations. Three components of a national policy are then presented as a way to help parents stay home with their newborns for at least 6 months: boosting child tax credits, making up lost tax-free retirement contributions, and replacing a portion of income for stay-at-home parents. The report considers two arguments against parental paid leave related to its unfairness to individuals without children and contentions that the policy will hurt business. The policy report concludes by asserting that a change in national policy will benefit families and the nation. (Contains 42 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Employed Parents, Family Work Relationship, Leaves of Absence, Parents, Public Policy, Retirement Benefits, Tax Credits, Unemployment Insurance
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family and Medical Leave Act 1993