How The New Federal Parental Leave Rules Could Impact Arizona

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:07pm
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David Lujan

Starting in October, federal employees will have access to 12 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. It’s a historic move that puts the United States on par with other industrialized nations for the first time. 

But, it’s a right that’s not afforded to most non-governmental workers.

According to Forbes, just about 19% of non-government employees get paid parental leave through their employers. So, why has it taken so long to get to this point? And will states like Arizona follow suit? 

To find out more about the impact of this federal change in Arizona, The Show talked with David Lujan, director for the Arizona Center for Economic Progress.

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