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The Time is Now: Paid Family and Medical Leave for All
Offering paid family and medical leave is a growing priority for public policy and among employers in Colorado and across the country. Allowing the flexibility for employees to care for themselves, and be with family when they’re needed most, is good business. Creating public policies that enable working people to benefit from paid leave is good policy. Leading companies are discovering the benefits that paid family and medical leave offer to their bottom line—including improved retention, productivity, and competitiveness. States with paid leave policies are also leading the way toward a national paid family and medical leave program. Join Health Links™ as we review and discuss new paid family and medical leave policies and best practices for employers.

In this webinar, you will learn:
• How paid leave public policies are a win-win-win for working people and their families, employers, and communities
• How paid leave impacts workplace culture
• Best practices from small and large employers who have strong paid leave policies

CHES®, CPH, and SHRM credits are available.

Sep 22, 2021 11:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Vicki Shabo
Senior Fellow, Paid Leave Policy and Strategy @New America
Vicki Shabo is one of the nation’s leading experts on gender equity and work. At New America, Shabo focuses on charting a path to winning paid family and medical leave for every working person in the United States, no matter where they live or work or the job they hold. She works closely with policymakers, advocates, researchers and business leaders on policy design and advocacy strategies. Shabo has testified multiple times in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, as well as in front of the 2016 Democratic Party’s platform committee which, for the first time, adopted a national paid leave program. Her opinion pieces have been published at CNN.com, The Hill, New York Times, Refinery 29, and Roll Call, and her observations have been featured in hundreds of news stories, including on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, MSNBC, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and numerous other outlets. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, son and two cats.
Jared Make
Vice President @A Better Balance
A member of A Better Balance’s (ABB) staff since 2010, Jared has worked with advocates and coalitions to draft and pass dozens of state and local laws that guarantee paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, and emergency leave for COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. In 2014, Jared co-founded ABB’s LGBTQ Rights and Family Recognition Project to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ workers, raise awareness about the diversity of family structures, and enact workplace policies that cover a range of caregiving relationships. Jared also launched ABB’s Defending Local Democracy Project, a nationwide effort to strengthen, protect, and defend local workplace justice, racial justice, and economic justice laws. Through this effort, he has worked closely with cities to prevent and challenge efforts to restrict local laws that guarantee paid leave, LGBTQ nondiscrimination, fair scheduling, and other work-family protections.
Rebecca Wagner
Benefits Analyst @Boulder County Government
Rebecca has worked for Boulder County since 1996 and exclusively as the Benefits Analyst since 2007. In this position she advises over 2000 benefited employees through their available leaves which include Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and FMLA. Rebecca is the main point of contact for all employees who have leave questions and for those are returning from a leave. Since Boulder County offers several special benefits to employees such as Caregiver Leave and Infants at Work, Rebecca manages these as well. She provides training to new supervisors, and as ADA Coordinator she directs supervisors through the interactive process. She counsels employees on the County’s self-funded benefit plans, and their insurance billing problems.