Washington, D.C. — Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) President Carrie Lukas will participate in a Senate Finance Committee roundtable on paid leave proposals in the COVID-era hosted by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Thursday, June 18, 2020. 

In her remarks, Lukas focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for an innovative federal paid leave policy. She outlines a flexible, targeted approach to paid leave that could be a win-win for employers and employees, during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and during normal times. 

“Everyone agrees that workers need to be able to take time off from work when they are ill or need to take care of their loved ones,” Lukas explains. “The question is how best to provide this support, without destroying true job flexibility and without taking away employment opportunities from women and lower-income workers.” 

Lukas will be joined on the panel by Adrienne Schweer, Leader of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Paid Family Leave Task Force, and Erika Moritsugu, Vice President for Economic Justice at the National Partnership for Women & Families.  

Lukas’ prepared remarks are available here.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Watch live online: https://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/paid-leave-proposals-in-the-covid-era



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