New paid leave research demonstrates challenge of balancing work and caregiving. By: Gould-Weth, Alix. Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Paid leave supports people who hold dual roles as members of the workforce and members of families. Effort expended in worksites from office buildings to restaurant kitchens to factory floors provides crucial goods and services to people living in the United States. So, too, does work done in homes—from the production of goods such as home-cooked meals to the provision of services such as house cleaning and assistance to family members trying to access medical care. New research on paid leave in California demonstrates the challenge of balancing the dual nature of our obligations as employees and caregivers.