This report summarizes a meeting co-hosted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Institute of Industrial Relations of the University of California Berkeley in march 2002. The purpose of the meeting was to increase the research community’s capacity for providing policy-relevant research findings on the benefits that paid family and medical leave policies are likely to provide to workers and their families, employers, and society at large. Participants included advocates for expanded paid leave policies and key researchers with expertise in economics, education, history, law, political science, public administration, public policy, social work, social psychology, and sociology.