Paid Family Leave: Life Happens
RadioEd is a biweekly podcast created by the DU Newsroom that taps into the University of Denver’s deep pool of bright brains to explore new takes on today’s top stories.
On election night, as voters watching the presidential race tensed up, Jennifer Greenfield breathed a sigh of relief. Colorado voters resoundingly passed Proposition 118, which provides at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to most employees in the state. Though a federal leave law has been on the books since 1993, Colorado joined a list of states pushing the envelope to expand the scope of benefits. An expert in social policy, Jennifer Greenfield, explains how the system works, how it compares to systems in other states and why the United States lags behind the rest of the world in family leave policy.
Jennifer Greenfield is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work. She specializes in social policy: how policies shape the human experience and how humans shape policies.
In this episode:
- DU Newsroom: DU Professor Tackles Paid Family Leave in D.C.
- U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Denver Post guest commentary by Jennifer Greenfield: Our research on paid-family leave shows it'd pay off for Colorado
- NPR: Colorado's Paid Family Leave Bill Faces Stubborn Opposition
- CPR: Colorado Voters Say Yes to a Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
- Marketplace: Why Colorado passing paid family leave matters even more during COVID
- The Denver Post: Businesses fret over Colorado’s new paid leave law even as it stands as potential “blueprint” for other states