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Wall Street Journal: One in Three States Get Failing Grade for Supporting New Parents

According to a study by the National Partnership for Women & Families, one in three states are failing when it comes to having laws that support new working mothers and fathers beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The study looked at policies such as job protection, paid leaves of absence, and flexible work schedule options.

The only state with an A-level grade was California, which received an A+, as it has expanded its paid family leave law to cover caring for more types of family members. In the past two years, Rhode Island introduced a paid family leave insurance program, while Maryland expanded workers’ ability to take unpaid, job-protected family leave with the arrival of a new child. Rhode Island received a B, while Maryland was closer to the middle of the curve with a C. Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey and the District of Columbia took home the second-highest grade of B+.

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