Paid & Worker Leave

Paid & Worker Leave

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), about 23.8 million employees took leave for a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) reason since January 1999, and roughly 3.5 million employees needed but did not take leave in this period. Worker leave policy affects productivity, family finances, career advancement, job loss, and health, among other impacts. Policy makers and program managers require evidence and reliable data for sound decision-making.

Recognized nationally for policy analysis and research in the areas of employment, labor productivity, and employee compensation, IMPAQ brings considerable experience in family and medical leave policies from years of conducting sophisticated quantitative analysis of paid leave utilization patterns and interactions of various types of worker leave programs, such as FMLA, state paid leave policies, employer-provided leave, and temporary disability insurance (TDI), among others.

Our empirically-driven approach to evaluating family and medical leave policies provides rigorous estimates of the potential costs and benefits of various policy choices, as well as an understanding of how proposed policies might achieve agency objectives. IMPAQ also provides government agencies and non-profits with implementation support via stakeholder education and market analysis.

For example, IMPAQ is working with the DOL to analyze patterns, use, and impact of paid and unpaid leave programs on state and national levels. Our simulations and statistical analysis is examining various types of paid and unpaid leave programs -- including FMLA, state leave, employer/firm leave, and temporary disability leave -- to help DOL better understand how different programs affect women's labor force activity, employment, earnings, and household income.

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