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Connecticut General Assembly

Study: Partly-Paid Family Leave Doubles Maternity Time Off

A paid family leave program in California led mothers of newborn babies to double their time off, and fathers to nearly double their leaves, according to a new study that could affect the debate over whether Connecticut should adopt a similar law.

California's paid leave program, which began in 2004, pays 55 percent of salary after a one-week waiting period, up to $1,104 a week.

Before the program existed, the typical amount of time fathers took off work after the birth of a child was five days, according to the report by researchers from Columbia University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Virginia. With the paid leave, a typical leave...