Paid Family Leave Advocates Support Pennsylvania Legislation

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HARRISBURG, PA (SBN) — The COVID pandemic has shown the lack of a paid family-leave system has devastating consequences for families, public health and the economy, according to backers of the idea. The United States is one of the few countries without a national paid-leave policy. That means workers faced with a family medical emergency or an infant needing care risk losing their income to meet their family’s needs. In this report by SBN correspondent Steve Lubetkin, Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania, says the pandemic has exposed the current system as inequitable, inefficient, unhealthy and unsustainable, especially for people of color.