Making Family Leave Family-Friendly

California is considering subsidizing parental leave. Small-business owners believe their bottom lines would be hardest hit

In 1993, Congress passed the Family & Medical Leave Act, which gave employees the right to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or for a sick family member. Now, family activists in more than two dozen states are pushing for the next step: ensuring that workers can afford to take time off by subsidizing their leaves.

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