Families in Hawaii face unprecedented pressure just to survive. Many families are just a paycheck or two away from economic crisis and taking unpaid leave from work to care for a baby, sick or aging relative is not an option.
Providing families with a paid leave option such as family leave insurance benefits families by:
- promoting bonding time with parents
- longer breastfeeding
- time to care for aging parents or sick relatives
- economic security
In partnership with the Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women and other community advocates in the Hawaii Working Families Coalition, Hawaii Children’s Action Network is launching a Family Leave Insurance Campaign in the 2018 legislative session. The campaign for family leave insurance will ensure that Hawaii’s workforce has access to paid leave when they need to care for a new child or sick or injured family member.
The U.S. Department of Labor funded research into how a family leave insurance program could be best implemented in Hawaii. The research found that family leave insurance is:
A family leave insurance program providing 16 weeks of wage replacement would cost around $58.00 per year per worker. That’s about $2.50 per paycheck.
Needed & Widely Supported
Virtually everyone will need this benefit at some point in their lives, yet many of Hawaii’s workers do not have a single day of family leave, paid or unpaid.
Hawaii’s workers need this benefit.
62% of workers polled had, at some point, wanted to take time off from work to care for a new child or an ailing family member Hawaii’s workers support family leave insurance.
94% of workers polled had a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” perception of family leave insurance
Good for Businesses
Under California’s family leave insurance law—which took effect in 2004—the majority of employers in the state of reported either a positive or null effect on employee productivity, profitability, and performance.