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Family and Medical Leave

Joining Tuesday's talk show were (from left) Angela Louis, Lisa Picker and state Sen. Jill Schupp.
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The U.S. remains the only industrialized country that does not provide some form of universal paid family leave. Many American workers continue to have to choose between maintaining their livelihood and caring for loved ones.

There is some momentum in Congress to potentially change that, and meanwhile policy varies widely at the state and employer levels. In the St. Louis region, some organizations are recognizing the positive impact that paid family leave can have, and that trend is the focus of a free Tuesday evening panel titled The Future of Family Leave.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio editor Holly Edgell talked with several guests who are participants in that event: Angela Louis, director of administration for Simon Law Firm; Lisa Weingarth, executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis; and Missouri Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur).

Eric and Sheena Greitens hold their sons, Joshua and Jacob, while speaking to reporters after casting their ballots the St. Louis Public Library in the Central West End. 2016
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Updated at 5 p.m. Friday with more data from state agencies: At least 580 Missouri state government employees have taken advantage of paid family leave since Gov. Eric Greitens’ executive order in March.

While some state lawmakers are glad the benefit is available, they worry about what it’s costing the state.

Sen. Jill Schupp, at the podium, introduces The Missouri Earned Family and Medical Leave Program.
Mallory Daily | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Two Democratic legislators from St. Louis County, Rep. Tracy McCreery and Sen. Jill Schupp, are introducing The Missouri Earned Family and Medical Leave Program. 

President Bill Clinton’s Family and Medical Leave Act has been around for 23 years. And these two legislators think it’s time for a change.