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In the United States, some, but far from all, employers offer certain forms of wage replacement when workers take a leave for medical or family reasons. In 2015, only 12% of all workers had access to paid family leave from their employers, 38% had access to short-term disability leave, and 65% had paid sick leave. Extending paid family and medical leave to all employees through a statewide program would share the costs and expand access, level the employment playing field, and reduce inequality among workers. One often-cited obstacle to providing paid family and medical leave in the United States is the anticipated cost. This report addresses that concern by examining the impacts of a statewide paid family leave insurance program in Massachusetts specified in a bill under consideration in the Massachusetts Legislature using a simulation model that provides estimates of the annual number and lengths of leaves, coverage across employees, and the costs associated with leave-taking.

ItsAboutTime_ExecSummary_PaidLeaveMA_Update_11July2017.pdf (180 kB)
Executive Summary (Updated July 2017)

ItsAboutTime_Infographics_UMassBostonMay2016.pdf (128 kB)
Infographics -- It’s About Time: Costs and Coverage of Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts



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