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Paid Family Leave Reports

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) released our study* to assess the public’s receptiveness to paid family leave. Conducted in three parts, the research consisted of cost-benefit modeling, polling, and qualitative research to understand Hoosiers’ perceptions of various scenarios, including paid maternity and paternity leave and paid leave for caregivers of ill and aging family members.


*Paid for through a research grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.

Paid Family Leave Research Initiative

In 2011-2012, the Indiana Commission for Women conducted Hoosier Women Speak. This initiative was designed to identify key issues facing women and understand critical needs women and communities perceive as important. There were seventeen listening sessions in ten communities across the state and accompanying survey responses from eighty of the ninety-two counties in Indiana. Participation included over 1100 participants and respondents. Among participants’ top five areas of concern were work-related issues and care giving. Participants noted a general lack of support for caregiver roles, including adequate paid maternity and paternity leave. (As one participant commented, women are expected to “work like a man but be home like a mother.” Another respondent stated that communities have to stop looking at [caregiving] “as a woman’s issue. It is a family issue. It is an economic issue. It is a community issue.”)

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau awarded the Indiana Commission for Women a grant to do a feasibility study on paid family leave for Indiana. The grant provides funding to conduct a study on the public’s receptiveness to paid family leave. As part of this research, the Indiana Commission for Women will review what is best for Indiana women and their families, for business, and for communities and will ensure that the project reviews leave-taking from both men and women’s perspectives as well as for those who must care for aging loved ones.


Articles / News


  • Men Advocating Real Change - June 2017 Theme: "Paternity Leave and Fatherhood"

  • The Paid Leave Project

  • U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau Paid Leave Analysis Grant Recipients (All grantee resources are/will be posted at the following URL: https://www.dol.gov/wb/media/paidleavegrants.htm)

    • 2014

      • Washington, DC – “Costs and Benefits of Paid Family and Medical Leave in the District of Columbia”

      • Massachusetts – “The Albelda Clayton-Matthews Paid Family and Medical leave Simulator Model Documentation”

      • Montana – “Helping People Balance Work and Family: It’s Within Montana’s Reach”

    • 2015

      • California – “California’s Paid Family Leave Law: Lessons from the First Decade”

      • Montgomery County, MD

      • New Hampshire

      • New York City, NY

      • Rhode Island – “Assessing Rhode Island’s Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers”

      • Tennessee

      • Vermont – “Vermont Paid Family and Medical Leave Feasibility Study”

      • Washington State – “Washington State Paid Family Leave Analysis Report: The Effect of State Paid Maternity Leave on TANF and SNAP use”

    • 2016

      • City of Madison (Wisconsin)

      • Hawaii

      • Indiana

      • Pennsylvania

      • City and County of Denver (Colorado)

      • Franklin County (Ohio)