Access to Paid Leave

City leaders have faced some of the greatest challenges brought on by COVID-19, but they now face some of the greatest opportunity. 

Amidst an ongoing economic recovery and global health crisis, providing paid leave is a benefit for both businesses and families. Across the board, paid leave policies have found positive benefits. However, without federal support, the burden falls to local governments.

How can cities make it happen?

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