A new study conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families revealed that California is No. 1 in the country for workplace protections for new parents.
Parents and those who are expecting can generally expect a better work-life balance in California than anywhere else in the country, according to researchers in the study, “Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents.” The study looked at the measures states have taken – or not taken – to add to the protections of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), specifically with regard to protections for new parents. Those provisions of the act were added in 1993.
California had the best initiatives in terms of:
- Paid sick days
- Paid family medical leave
- Accommodations for pregnancy
- Protections at work that went above and beyond FMLA for expecting and nursing moms