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Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies

Parents hold their children at a fitness club in Norwell, Mass., in this 2013 photo. The state just became one of six in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, to create a paid-leave benefit to help working families. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File

Two years after a campaign in which Republican and Democratic presidential candidates both promised to introduce paid family leave, more US workers now get paid to stay home and bond with newborns. Proponents say this is good for families and for the economy since it allows more parents to stay in the workforce.

But this shift is not the result of federal policy.

Ivanka Trump has promoted the issue but found little support within her father's White House. And while Republicans in Congress support the idea of family leave, they balk at raising taxes to pay for it. Instead, the change is being driven by lawmakers in Democratic-run states and by US companies seeking to retain and recruit employees in tight labor

Proposal in CongressUS lags OECD countries

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