Bloomberg Law
Aug. 30, 2021, 9:30 AM

Parents Have Few Paid Leave Rights as Covid Closes Schools Again

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

Working parents once again face the dilemma of school and day care closures as the delta variant surges, but this year their paid leave options are scant.

The federal safety net for coronavirus-related paid leave that Congress passed in 2020 expired in December. And while several states have passed pandemic-related leave measures, not all guarantee coverage for school closures.

“Working parents in most states and cities are facing an uncertain fall,” said Vicki Shabo, senior fellow for paid leave policy and strategy at New America’s Better Life Lab. “Parents are essentially playing the boss lottery if a child is ...

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