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Paid Leave Analysis Grants

2016 Paid Leave Analysis Grants

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau awarded $1.1 million in grants to study the feasibility of developing and expanding statewide paid family and medical leave programs. The 2016 Paid Leave Analysis Grants awardees are:

  • City of Madison (Wisconsin)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry
  • Indiana Commission for Women
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services
  • City and County of Denver (Colorado)
  • Franklin County (Ohio) Board of Commissioners

Read the press release for more information

This year’s investment is in addition to the more than $2 million we awarded in 2014 and 2015 to support paid leave studies. You can find more information on prior grantees below.

2016 Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement

On May 5th, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau announced the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support research and analysis needed to develop and implement paid family and medical leave programs in jurisdictions across the country. The Funding Opportunity Announcement outlines the grant priorities, evaluation factors, and application guidance for up to six competitive grants.

Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement
Read the FAQs
Read the press release
View the presentation slides shared during a webinar on May 12th, 2016

Reports from 2014 paid leave analysis grants

In 2014 the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration awarded $500,000 to assist the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island in funding feasibility studies on paid leave. These studies help inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level.

Click here to read an introduction letter for the 2014 Paid Leave Grantee Products. The results of the studies are below:





Awardees of 2015 paid leave grants

On September 29th 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau awarded $1.55 million in grants to study the feasibility of developing and expanding statewide paid family and medical leave programs. The 2015 Paid Leave Analysis Grants awardees are:

Logo representing the "Paid Leave" symposium.


Read the press release for more information on the grant announcement.
Read the blog post from U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

Click here to read the abstracts from the grant applications. 

This investment builds on the $500,000 in paid leave analysis grants awarded in 2014 to the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island, and represent one of the key deliverables and action items announced at the June 2014 White House Summit on Working Families.

Picture of Labor Secretary Secretary Perez speaking at the "Paid Family and Medical Leave" symposium.

On September 9th 2015, the Women’s Bureau hosted a Paid Family and Medical Leave Findings Symposium at the U.S. Department of Labor.  We heard insightful presentations from the Women’s Bureau 2014 paid leave research grantees and academic researchers whose work have been funded by the Chief Evaluation Office.  Click here to watch the video of the event.

"One of the most important things you can do to increase female labor force participation is pass paid leave. – Secretary Tom Perez."

Click here to view a Working Mothers in the U.S. infographic

Click here to view an infographic about First-Time Mothers at Work

Click here to view the U.S. Department of Labor Chief Evaluation Office report on Assessing Rhode Island's Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers

Click here to view the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy report on California’s Paid Family Leave Law:
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