Tucked into the new tax law is a provision that offers companies atax credit if they provide paid family and medical leave for lower-wageworkers.

Many people support a national strategy for paid parental and familyleave, especially for workers who are not in management and areless likely to get that benefit on the job. But consultants,scholars and consumer advocates alike say the new tax credit willencourage few companies to take the plunge.

The tax credit, proposed by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), is available tocompanies that offer at least two weeks of paid family or medicalleave annually to workers, but two key criteria must be met. Theworkers must earn less than $72,000 a year and the leave must coverat least 50 percent of their wages.

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