Senator Hillary Clinton released her “Agenda for Working Families” yesterday, a plank in her presidential platform. Key paragraph from the news release:
Hillary’s plan would set an ambitious goal for all states to implement a paid family leave program by the year 2016, and offer $1 billion per year in grants to encourage innovative paid family leave programs at the state level. Hillary would also extend the Family Medical Leave Act to cover 13 million additional workers across the country, and guarantee every American worker seven days of paid sick leave to help them deal with a health crisis faced by themselves or their children.
And the bullet points:
Hillary’s work-family agenda will:
Expand paid leave across the country through a new State Family Leave Innovation Fund; Extend the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to cover 13 million additional American workers and guarantee workers at least 7 paid sick days per year; Promote model workplaces with grants to support new workplace flexibility programs and a federal telecommuting initiative; Ensure better access to affordable, high quality child care; and Prevent parents from being discriminated against because of pregnancy or their caregiving responsibilities.
At first blush, this seems quite… European.
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