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Thirty Years of the FMLA: What’s Worked, What Hasn’t, and Recommendations for More Equitable Policies

  • Marci Ybarra, Shetal Vohra-Gupta, and Maya Rossin-Slater
  • June 28 2023
  • W102-2023

Marci Ybarra

Shetal Vohra-Gupta

Maya Rossin-Slater

Marci Ybarra, Associate Professor, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
Maya Rossin-Slater, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law by then President Clinton in 1993. While the policy provided much-needed protections for some workers, many individuals and families who would have benefited the most were left behind. In this webinar, the panelists will assess to what extent the policy fulfilled the original intent; how the policy has further widened the gap between low-wage workers—especially women and people of color—and their peers; and what types of policies could provide more equitable and accessible coverage for the workers who need it most.

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Child Development & Well-Being, Children, Economic Support, Employment, Family & Partnering, Health, Health General, Inequality & Mobility, Low-Wage Work, Parenting, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Social Insurance Programs


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