Among care advocates, equitable paid leave policy needs to meet the triple A standard: Accessible, affordable, and adequate.
“Only a fraction of the size of the investments needed to achieve social and economic equity,” but a historic victory for movements and impacted communities:
The Institute for Policy Studies’ Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project celebrates the historic anti-poverty provisions of the Build Back Better bill passed by the U.S. House while joining social movements in calling for fuller equity.
Advocates have overcome opposition from conservative Democrats to secure four weeks of paid leave in the House budget bill, but more obstacles remain.
For workers like my mom, the financial strain caused by a lack of paid leave can be just as stressful as catching COVID-19.
Congress let mandatory paid leave requirements expire at the end of 2020, sparking calls for universal leave benefits to protect workers and their customers from the pandemic.