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Family Leave Legislation: State and Federal Initiatives

Steven K. Wisensale and Michael D. Allison
Family Relations
Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr., 1989), pp. 182-189
DOI: 10.2307/583673
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583673
Page Count: 8
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Family Leave Legislation: State and Federal Initiatives
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Abstract

Prior to 1987, neither the federal government nor any of the 50 states had a family leave policy in place. In the winter of 1988 a survey was completed on the 28 states and the federal government that introduced parental and family leave bills during the 1987 legislative session. Four states passed bills; Congress did not. Results indicate much variation in issues raised and proposals reached, particularly with respect to length of leave, size of employer, age and relation of care recipient, wage replacement, job security, and benefit coverage. Based on the findings, specific recommendations are presented for both policymakers and family life educators who wish to become more informed and politically active in this area.

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