New tools for paid leave advocacy

State-by-state measures of Family Medical Leave Act access and affordability
Published: 02.10.2016 Updated: 12.05.2019

Paid leave advocates have been asking for FMLA data at the state level for years, and now it's here! In collaboration with the National Partnership for Women & Families, researchers Pamela Joshi and Alison Earle show paid leave advocates how to use this new dataset and the accompanying tools to find, download and display FMLA access and affordability data for workers categorized by parental status, race/ethnicity, gender and nativity.

Here's a preview: In Connecticut, where a state-level paid leave fight is ongoing, only 40.6% of working adults are estimated to be eligible for and able to afford unpaid FMLA leave. In Idaho, where local or state action is much further off, that number is even lower - just 28.6% - and lower still for Latino/a working adults.

Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about these new family and medical leave indicators and the ways advocates can leverage this critical data to build a more compelling understanding about the need for paid leave programs. 


  • Dr. Pamela Joshi, Assistant Director,
  • Alison Earle, Senior Research Scientist, The Heller School at Brandeis University

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