Monday, February 4, is the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), requiring employers to give some workers 12 weeks of paid time off—but not requiring any paid leave. 

A quarter-century later, the concept of providing paid leave to new parents so that they may care for their newborn children has widespread bipartisan support. Despite its popularity, the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not mandate or subsidize at least some form of paid parental leave.

One impediment to providing paid parental leave is the cost. However, there is a way for the federal government to provide paid parental leave to every worker in the United States at no additional cost: offer new parents the opportunity to collect early Social Security benefits after the arrival of their child in exchange for their agreeing to defer the collection of their Social Security retirement benefits.

The proposal is receiving bipartisan support and positive coverage from outlets like PoliticoNational Review and the Daily Mail.

Learn more in the Wall Street Journal OpEd from Kristin Shapiro and Andrew Biggs, and read the policy brief from Independent Women’s Forum. 


Independent Women's Forum is dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren't just well intended, but actually enhance people's freedom, choices, and opportunities. 


Caroline Phelps
Communications Consultant
Independent Women’s Forum
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