California has been a leader when it comes to innovative family supportive workplace policies. Yet, there is no comprehensive approach to ensuring low-income pregnant individuals, new parents, and family caregivers receive information about – and assistance in accessing – critical workplace rights that promote their health, well-being, and economic security. Rather, like in so many other states, enforcement and administration of these protections are spread throughout various government agencies that are often disconnected, creating unnecessary and often insurmountable obstacles for families. LAAW has a history of working closely with government agencies to ensure the effective and equitable implementation of paid family leave and accompanying job protections. We seek to leverage the current political climate in California and amplify workers’ and small employers’ lived experiences to deepen agency engagement and cross-agency collaboration, thereby increasing access to policies that build family well-being.

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Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their dreams and who does not. This flawed mindset has led to persistent inequities and a hollowing of our shared humanity. Change is possible. The choice is ours.
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Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org  Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity  Aspen Institute Launches New Partners and Advisors in Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community  Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute is proud to announce the new partners and advisors the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational …

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