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Ohio Gets Low Grades in Survey of State Policies for Family and Medical Leave

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A new study says Ohio could go a lot further to support new parents and families dealing with serious illnesses. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler says though Ohio didn’t do well in this survey, that’s unlikely to change.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Ohio is among the 31 states earning either a D or an F for its failure to require policies on family and medical leave and workplace rights for new parents, according to a study from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Vice President Vicki Shabo said Ohio gets a D there are no laws requiring private employers to offer paid family leave, pregnancy disability or flexible use of sick time.

“State workers do a little bit better, but in general, most Ohio workers really don’t have any additional protections beyond the basics of federal standards," Shabo said.

Shabo said that support for these kinds of policies go across party lines, though Republican-dominated states such as Ohio are less likely to make changes. But Shabo said arguments that new mandates would cost businesses aren’t supported by data from states that have required these policies.

This headline has been updated to correct the spelling of "policies."

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