diversitydatakids.org receives grant to study access to paid leave

Nineteen month grant awarded by WorkRise, a platform of the Urban Institute
Published: 12.04.2023 Updated: 12.06.2023

WorkRise, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute, has awarded $3 million to support 12 research projects aimed at improving economic security and mobility for low-wage workers and creating a more equitable labor market. The projects selected build on foundations laid through previous research investments from WorkRise and break new ground in emerging areas of focus, particularly in small business practices.

A research team led by Brandeis University and UnidosUS will undertake a rigorous qualitative study that (1) identifies state paid family medical leave (PFML) policy implementation processes that facilitate or exclude Hispanic and immigrant workers’ participation; and (2) assesses PFML access and uptake from the perspectives of Hispanic community-based organizations, workers, and small business owners in California, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. The project’s findings will generate in-demand evidence on how to design public and private PFML programs that are more inclusive and more accessible to Hispanic workers and small businesses, and that minimize administrative burden. 

The project is titled "Increasing Hispanic Workers’ Access to Paid Family and Medical Leave." diversitydatakids.org policy director Pamela Joshi, director Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and UnidosUS policy analysis Susanna Barragan will serve as principal investigators.

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