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Unfinished BusinessPaid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy$
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Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452383

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452383.001.0001

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Challenges of Legislative Implementation

Challenges of Legislative Implementation

(p.40) 3 Challenges of Legislative Implementation
Unfinished Business

Ruth Milkman

Eileen Appelbaum

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how the paid family leave (PFL) program has functioned over the past decade, reviewing the details of the program's operation and presenting data on the ways in which California workers have utilized PFL. It particularly highlights the fact that male PFL claims for bonding with a new child have increased substantially and steadily over the years since the program began operating. This suggests that PFL may be helping to reduce gender inequality in the division of household and family responsibilities. However, two continuing concerns stand out: the limited awareness among Californians of PFL's availability, on the one hand, and the complexity of coordinating PFL with other state and federal laws providing rights to family leaves, on the other.

Keywords:   PFL program, gender inequality, PFL awareness, family leaves, paid family leave

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