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Authors

Bernie D. Jones

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

Upon the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, activists have been pressed to correct its failure to grant American workers federally funded paid leave similar to those found in other nations that offer expansive social programming. Recent developments indicate, though, that supporters of paid leave might be more successful at the state level, not the federal one. Nonetheless, federally funded paid leave is presented as a pressing civil rights issue. In this article, I suggest an alternative, a property theory of paid family leave, founded upon a newer formulation of pension benefits: private family leave pensions that might operate similar to deferred compensation plans, tax deferred or tax free, and available through employers and brokerage houses. This is about supporting self-investment-such plans have the potential to offer greater benefits than even the most generous of the prevailing state government-sponsored paid leave benefits programs; as such, more thought should be put into considering alternatives to federally funded paid family medical leave.

First Page

119

Last Page

168

Publication Date

9-1-2014

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

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Law Commons

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