Today, the the National Partnership for Women & Families released its state-by-state analysis of laws that provide workplace rights for new and expecting parents. A lot has happened since the last time the National Partnership released its previous scorecard in 2005.
Connecticut became the first state to pass a paid sick days law in 2011; New Jersey established a paid family leave insurance program in 2008 (modeled after California’s existing program); Maine expanded job-protected family leave by including domestic or civil union partners in 2007; and nine states provided new rights to nursing mothers at work.
Unfortunately, once again, North Carolina received an “F” for failing to expand upon existing federal rights or protections for new or expecting parents in both the private and public sector. Fortunately, realistic and feasible policies exist that can protect workers, promote healthy families, and save costs. The NC Justice Center has put together a work-family policy agenda for North Carolina, and will release a brief detailing the importance of a state family and medical insurance program this Friday – just in time for Mother’s Day.