Women's Bureau

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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.


Suggested Citation
U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau. (2016). Findings from the 2014 Paid Leave Analysis Grants program. Washington, DC: Author.