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Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy

Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum


This book documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States. The book analyzes the effect of the state's landmark paid family leave on employers and workers. It also explores the implications of California's decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work–family policies. The book exposes the process by which California workers and their allies built a coalition to win passage of paid family leave in the state legislature, and lays out the lessons for advocates in ot ... More

Keywords: paid family leave, California, work–family policies, paid leave, inequality, employers, workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452383
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Milkman, author
Professor of Sociology, the CUNY Graduate Center

Eileen Appelbaum, author