The Labor Department announced Monday its allocating $1.25 million to help states across the country study paid how best to develop and implement paid leave programs.
The funds are in addition to the $500,000 the agency gave the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island last year. The announcement came during a Google+ Hangout on paid leave hosted by Latifa Lyles, director of the departments Women’s Bureau, which will be administering the funds.
“Too many workers across the U.S. lack even a single day of paid leave to care for their families or themselves,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said in a release. “A worker shouldn’t be forced to choose between employment they need and the family they love.”
In January, President Obama signed a memorandum giving federal employees six weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.