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Tools: Paid Leave

May 11, 2020  • Economic Opportunities Program

Job Quality Tools Library > Section 4: Strengthening Practices to Improve Job Quality > Tools: Paid Leave

Originally posted: May 11, 2020
Last updated: May 11, 2020

Section 4, the core of the library, includes tools designed to address specific components of job quality. Once organizations have determined their job quality priorities, they can turn to these tools to shift practices in the areas they have deemed most urgent, either in their own organizations or in the businesses with which they partner.

We’ve organized tools in eight categories that reflect the job quality attributes most commonly cited across the job quality frameworks and definitions included in Section 1. These attributes include wages, benefits, scheduling, legal rights, equity and inclusion, opportunity to build skills and advance, supportive work environment, and worker voice. Each attribute also includes sub-categories for ease of navigation.

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The Paid Leave Project – Paid Family & Medical Leave Playbook

Who’s It For: Employers, Economic Development, Investing and Lending, Worker Advocacy, Workforce Development

What’s It For: This playbook can help businesses and the partners who advise them to design and implement paid family leave policies. The step-by-step guide is helpful in crafting a plan that includes leave duration, portion of pay covered, and other guidelines. It also explores the benefits of implementing paid family leave, such as improved retention and employee engagement. In addition to employers, nonprofit organizations seeking to strengthen their internal paid leave policies could also make use of this resource.


National Partnership for Women and Families – Paid Family and Medical Leave

Who’s It For: Employers, Policy, Worker Advocacy, Workforce Development

What’s It For: This policy brief is designed to inform the development of paid family and medical leave policies that can reduce inequalities for workers. It provides guidance on specific elements of paid leave policies such as ideal duration, eligibility requirements, and outreach strategies. While the primary audience for this tool is policymakers, it could also be useful for businesses who are crafting or re-shaping their paid leave policies or for providers advising businesses and policymakers.


Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation – Employer Toolkit

Who’s It For: Employers, Economic Development, Investing and Lending, Policy, Worker Advocacy, Workforce Development

What’s It For: This toolkit is a collection of nearly 60 workplace policies that can help support, stabilize, and retain employees in low-wage work. The toolkit also contains sections on gender-based violence workers may be experiencing in their home lives and second-chance employment for formerly incarcerated individuals After a quick registration for a free account, the Employer Toolkit search feature can help you identify specific policy recommendations, many of which include sample HR policy language that companies can draw from. One section provides guidance for developing supportive paid leave policies, which may be useful for both employers and the practitioners who work with them.