What is Paid Family Leave?

Paid family leave provides job protection and wage replacement for employees who need to take time off to care for a new or sick child or a family member, such as an older parent, with a serious illness.

Why is Paid Family Leave Important?

Changes in family roles and labor market trends have created the need for policies that help employees balance work and family life. Paid family leave is an example of one such policy. When family members are sick, hurt or too frail to care for themselves, loved ones step up to provide the needed care. Nearly all employees need time away from the job at some point to care for a new child or seriously ill family member. However, the U.S. is the only industrialized country without a paid family leave program for the working population. Although, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Hawai'i Family Leave Law (HFLL) provide job-protected leave, it is unpaid and is not available to all employees.

Where Can I Find More Information?

According to the research, paid family leave can promote family economic stability and support overall child and family well-being. Paid family leave is not only beneficial to workers and their families, but may also offer benefits to their employers.

You can also contact our partners, Hawai'i Childrens Action Network and the Hawai'i State Commission on Status of Women (HSCSW), for more information and resources.






This policy awareness campaign is a partnership of the Hawai'i KIDS COUNT project, Hawai'i Children's Action Network, and Hawai'i State Commission on the Status of Women, supported in part by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the information presented does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Foundation.



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