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Americans agree on paid leave, but not on who should pay

Claire Cain Miller writes, "Most people say workers should get paid leave to take care of a baby, a sick family member or themselves, according to two new surveys. But they disagree on the details: who should pay, and whether it should be mandatory or optional. 

The idea of a federal paid leave policy brings up issues that Americans have complicated feelings about - like government mandates for businesses and gender roles at home - according to the surveys, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. 

This ambivalence helps explain a paradox: why a policy with so much bipartisan support has nonetheless failed to be enacted. The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn't mandate paid leave." 


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