Good News on Paid Family Leave: Political and Practical Lessons from New Jersey and California

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 8:00am - 10:00am
The New York legislature is now considering a bill that would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. Three other states have already passed similar laws and begun the process of providing benefits to workers caring for new babies or seriously ill family members. Join Demos for a discussion of the political and practical lessons New Yorkers can learn from the passage and implementation of paid leave New Jersey and California.
The panel will mark the publication of “Business as Usual,” a report on the experience of employers with New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program.

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Date & Time:
Tuesday, June 24th, 8:00-10:00am

Sharon Lerner is a Senior Fellow at Demos and author, with Eileen Appelbaum, of the newly released report, “Business as Usual: New Jersey Employers’ Experiences with Family Leave Insurance.” She is a journalist who has covered work/life issues for more than a decade and the author of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation.

Sherry Liewant is co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance, an organization devoted to expanding choices that enable men and women to care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.

Eileen Appelbaum is a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. She has 20 years of experience carrying out empirical research on the effects of public policies and company practices on outcomes for companies and workers. Her book, Unfinished Business, Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy, coauthored with Ruth Milkman, was published in November 2013.
David Levine is the co-founder and Executive Director of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a growing coalition of business networks and businesses committed to advancing a new vision, framework, and policies that support a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable economy.

David R. Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that promotes economic advancement and full civic participation for low-income New Yorkers.