Three major categories of paid leave are discussed throughout this report:
- Parental Leave: For mothers (maternity leave) and fathers (paternity leave) to bond with a new child after birth, adoption, or foster placement.
- Family Leave: To care for a seriously or chronically ill family member. Family leave generally also includes parental leave.
- Medical Leave: For workers with a serious health condition who need time for self-care. Medical leave generally also includes leave for medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.
In general, when this report references “paid leave,” it references paid family and medical leave.