Did paid family leave find a friend?
One of those proposals is paid family leave.
“My administration wants to work with members of both parties,” Trump said, “to make child care accessible and affordable to help insure new parents that they have paid family leave.”
The issue is not a new one.
Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act into law in 1993. Not long after the ink dried, Democrats including then-First Lady Hillary Clinton were vowing to follow it with a law that mandated paid leave in addition to job protection.
Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Rosa DeLauro have been pushing for paid family leave for years and reintroduced the FAMILY Act in February.
OneNewsNow reported in a Feb. 20 story that First Daughter Ivanka Trump was urging her father to support the idea but the same story quoted the Independent Women’s Forum warning that it could hurt female workers instead of helping them.
“Anytime you’re giving somebody a benefit, that’s a cost,” warned Carrie Lukas of the IWF.
After the topic was raised Tuesday night, OneNewsNow sought comment from analyst and researcher Rachel Greszler of The Heritage Foundation. Much like the IWF, she warns about imposing new costs of employers.
“Because if the employer is the one that is mandated you must pay six weeks, 12 weeks, whatever it is, of paid leave,” she says, “you’re going to end up hurting the people you’re trying to help.”
Approximately 13 percent of female workers have paid leave, Greszeler says, but that number jumps to 87 percent if vacation days are included.