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Woman holding baby while working Without a one-size-fits-all approach to paid parental leave, we’re left with individual policies that are too complicated.

When San Francisco passed a new ordinance guaranteeing up to six weeks of full-time paid parental leave for workers at companies with more than 20 employees, you’d be forgiven for expecting to see a marked increase in leave-takers.

But that wasn’t the case, according to a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which highlights a nationwide need for simpler, more universal policies, according to its lead author Julia M. Goodman, assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health.


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