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The benefits of paid family leave

Posted by Paula Turnquist

 

While recent arguments have brewed over whether paid family leave in the United States should be a government or an employer covered benefit, there has never been disagreement over how beneficial it can be for parents. The major concern lies in the return of interest for employers. Not only does a business lose a possibly integral employee for months at a time, but paying for that employee and a replacement doesn’t seem worth it, at least in the short term. However, paid family leave can benefit both employers and employees in the long run.

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Currently only California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York, have a paid family leave law in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Each of these states gives 12 weeks of paid leave with varying percentages of their salaries. Various reports and studies ranging from specific companies, such as Google, to an entire population, such as the women of New Jersey, found that productivity and profitability were not affected by paid leave. In fact, Google reported their retention rates of new mothers increased 50 percent when longer paid maternity leave was given.

According to further research, infant mortality rates decrease and overall health of the baby increases when parent and child can bond. Welfare assistance and food stamp usage among women also decreases on paid leave by 39 and 40 percent in comparison to women who did not have access to paid leave. And the parent is more likely to return to work with paid parental leave than seek other opportunities.

Posted by Paula Turnquist

Paula Turnquist joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 2013 as sales manager of Employer Products. She is responsible for the sales of products and services ranging from employer group health plans to Executive Health and Occupational Medicine programs. Paula is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is a Nursing and Health Care Administration graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She has worked in healthcare since 1976 serving major hospital systems, physician practices, venture capital start-ups and large insurance carriers.

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