Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans in the States of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave

Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D.

August 1, 1989
  • ID: A102

Despite widespread agreement that employment policies should be responsive to the needs of working families, Congress is currently engaged in debate about a national leave policy that would require minimum protections against job loss because of family and medical needs. The proposed policy would provide protections against job loss if a worker takes a short, unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, the care of a seriously ill child or parent, or the worker’s own illness. Although some businesses object the the cost of a national policy, the cost to workers, and to society at large, of not having such a policy is often overlooked.