PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tout competing campaign proposals to provide paid leave to care for a baby, three states show how it could work.
California was the first state to guarantee paid family leave in 2004, followed by New Jersey in 2009 and Rhode Island in 2014.
Several studies show the programs have been popular for those who participate as well as their employers. Fathers, who would be excluded from Trump’s maternity leave proposal, are increasingly signing up.
Thirty-seven percent of Rhode Island parents who take state-funded paid leave to bond with a new child are men. In California, the rate of fathers participating went from 17 percent in the first year to 36 percent in the past year.