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Paid Leave: Good for Health, Good for Business

A Medscape article featured a new report led by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, that concludes that paid medical and family leave is crucial to national health and has economic benefits.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A recent report from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) concludes that generous paid parental, medical, and family leave for employees is not only crucial for the nation's health, but also translates to enhanced gender equality and lasting economic benefits, including reduced worker turnover and lower training costs for companies.

The report backs its arguments with evidence from a systematic review of 5500 studies on paid leave conducted in more than 30 high- and middle-income countries. Furthermore, the review showed that this social safety net is fiscally sustainable.

The report's senior author, Jody Heymann, MD, PhD, a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and the Fielding School's dean, tells Medscape that "having a baby and taking personal sick leave or time off to care for a family member in the United States can come at a high price."

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