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The need for family paid leave in Arkansas

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 12:42 PM

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Arkansas Advocates is out with a new report on the need for paid family leave: 

Paid leave allows employees to take time off to care for a new baby or a relative with a serious illness, without losing all of their income. Paid leave helps families stay financially and physically healthy.

From an economic standpoint, offering paid leave can benefit employers, too. It can help employers save on hiring and training costs because employees are more likely to return to work if they have paid leave. Hiring a new employee can cost up to five times a worker’s annual salary.

There are big gaps in Arkansas: 

A lack of paid family leave programs in Arkansas leaves many families, particularly low-income families, in poor physical and financial health.

Rep. Clarke Tucker tried to take a first step in 2015 with a bill to offer paid maternity leave for state employees, but it was blocked by Republicans in committee. 

Read the full report here. 

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