Brown Announces More Than $125,000 for Franklin County to Research Benefits of Paid Family Leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $126,091 in new federal funding for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to study the economic benefits of paid family leave policies.

“Too many workers lack paid family leave, forcing them to make tough choices about skipping a day’s pay and caring for a sick loved one or themselves,” said Brown. “We know paid family leave is good for businesses, workers, and their families. This award will give Franklin County a critical opportunity to help us all learn about the benefits of paid family leave so we can work to implement it nationwide.”

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau for the study and analysis of how paid family leave programs can be developed and implemented across the United States. The funding builds on DOL’s Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program. According to DOL, only 12 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid family leave.

Brown is a cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act (HFA), legislation that would give workers the opportunity to earn paid sick time to address medical needs and care for family members. Brown supports better wages and benefits for all American workers including legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work, give workers more stable schedules, protect pregnant workers from discrimination, and increase the minimum wage.