On Tuesday, June 15th 2010, New America's Workforce and Family Program held a discussion of the future of extended time off:
Since the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act seventeen years ago, there has been widespread and persistent discussion about how America should best provide extended time off to its citizens. Many Americans need extended time off for family, such as the birth of a baby, for care-giving or because of a serious medical condition. There are also concerns about how leave is used, about how it impacts business and about how extended time off could best be financed. The private sector is looking anew at many areas of time off.
In the face of a protracted economic downturn, what is the timing and future of extended time off policy within the context of workplace flexibility? New legislative and administrative initiatives from the left and the right provide opportunities for action in this space. Meanwhile, other countries continue to develop initiatives that can inform American policymakers.
Dr. Jody Heymann
Canada Research Chair, Global Health and Social Policy
Hon. Seth Harris
U.S. Department of Labor
Senior Legislative Counsel, Workplace Flexibility 2010
Health Care Manager
Society for Human Resource Management
Director, Workforce and Family Program
New America Foundation