The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has awarded $1.55 million in grants to eight state and local employment and labor departments to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.
“The United States is one of the few countries on Earth without national paid leave,” said Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, announcing the grants on Sept. 29. “Fortunately, we have seen remarkable progress outside of Washington, where innovative state and local officials are designing paid-leave policies that work for their citizens. These studies will help further our understanding of the issue and design programs that work for our economy.”
Grants went to agencies in California, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.