With current movements including last week’s Women’s March hitting record numbers of support, business practices seem to be reflecting the trend. According to a recent Paychex study, “almost half (48 percent) of the 257 U.S. employers surveyed who employ between 2 and 500 employees said that they would, on some level, support legislation requiring paid leave.” The most famous argument for paid leave involves maternity leave or when a woman gives birth and needs time to recover. Of the 48% support for paid leave practices, 71% of them were millennials.
While the future looks bright for paid leave, there is still discussion on how to actually pay for the policy. “On this issue, business owners were very much split, with 43 percent feeling the federal government should pick up the tab, while 40 percent saying it should fall on the shoulders of employers.” Although it may seem unlikely for the government to pay for policy involving businesses, remember that the Affordable Care Act has created normalization for people helping to pay for medical bills. For conservatives thinking against this remember that, according to the Washington Post, “President Trump and his daughter Ivanka have championed paid time off for new parents and included the proposal as part of his most recent budget. Even the new tax reform legislation that passed last month includes a provision giving employers up to a 25 percent tax credit on salaries voluntarily paid to employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act.”
More and more states are also backing paid leave, once again moving America towards a progressive era. Legalization of gay marriage, marijuana, pay equality and now paid leave are all issues that may be solved in the new decade. If the Trump administration can legalize the requirement of paid leave for corporations, it will be a win for millennials.