State Policy Lever Checklist:

Paid Family Leave

A paid family leave policy of at least 6 weeks is one of the most effective policies a state can implement to promote employment, increase parent-child bonding, and improve parent and child health.

This State Policy Lever Checklist contains a list of policy considerations for state leaders to help maximize the effectiveness of a state paid family leave program. It also underscores the implications of these policy choices and their collective impact on equitable access to paid family leave for families in their state.

This checklist covers the following components of a paid family leave program:

  • Program characteristics
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Wage replacement
  • Administration and funding


State Policy Lever Checklist: Paid Family Leave (PDF)