Families shouldn't have to choose between taking care of a new baby or a sick family member and keeping their jobs. Yet, because Hawaii does not have a Paid Family Medical Leave policy, families too often face this hard choice.
The U.S. is the only industrialized country without a paid family leave program for the working population. However, California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have successfully implemented paid family leave and New York's law will take effect in 2018.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, Hawaii Children's Network is working with its community partners to determine what a Paid Family Medical Leave policy looks like for Hawaii that is good for families, business and our State economy.