Raising Expectations

A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Working Family Caregivers

September 2018
Paid Leave


Every day across the country, millions of working people face the heartbreaking choice of worrying about losing a job or a paycheck in order to take time off to care for a new child or ill loved one or deal with a serious personal medical need or short-term illness.

The National Partnership’s Raising Expectations report recognizes these challenges and paints a picture of a nation that’s failing its families. The report takes an in-depth look at laws in 50 states and the District of Columbia, grading each state based on whether it guarantees workers access to basic supports — including paid or unpaid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

The full report is available for download here.

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To learn more about the report, read the National Partnership’s news release.

For more about what paid leave means in each state, check out these state-by-state fact sheets.

NOTE: Previous editions of this report, called Expecting Better, focused on parents as primary caregivers. Because all family caregivers need access to policies to help them better balance their work with their caregiving responsibilities throughout their lives, this edition expands its focus.