Few Mothers Benefitting from San Francisco’s Parental Leave Program

In 2017, San Francisco became the first jurisdiction to offer parental leave with full pay through its Paid Parental Leave Ordinance. But an analysis of the program from Julia M. Goodman, Holly Elser, and William H. Dow in Health Affairs finds very few low-income women have taken advantage.

“We found that the law increased parental leave uptake in San Francisco by 13 percent among fathers, but there was little change in leave among mothers,” the authors said.

Many mothers lack knowledge about the program. Additionally, small employers are ineligible, reducing the pool of women who are able to utilize the program.

Read the report here.


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