Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. Eastern
As the pandemic worsens, the new Congress will face calls to help those for whom caregiving leads to poverty.
People need care. Children, parents, spouses. And at some point, nearly everybody will be called upon to give it. But only 60% of the U.S. workforce is eligible for paid family leave. Women, workers of color and those with disabilities benefit least.
Unpaid time off can send low-income workers spiraling into poverty – or deepen it. When the 117th Congress meets on Jan. 3, 2021, the battle over attempts to improve the system at the federal level will resume, likely with legislation similar to the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act that was introduced in 2019. In this National Press Foundation online briefing, experts will present data on U.S. family leave policies, explore the links between unpaid leave and poverty, and help journalists analyze proposed legislative remedies.
Q&A to follow.
Viewers can submit questions by email before or during the briefing to Alyssa Black, firstname.lastname@example.org. During the event, questions can also be submitted by Q&A text or on Zoom audio.
Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the next round of poverty prizes
The National Press Foundation is offering three $4,000 prizes for the best reporting on the effects of racism and/or inequality on American society. The work must be published or broadcast between Oct. 1-31, 2020, in any medium. The prizes are being offered in conjunction with training. Journalists must attend or view two trainings to be eligible for the awards. Details are here.
NPF poverty briefings: This briefing is part of an ongoing National Press Foundation series designed to help journalists cover children and families in poverty as COVID-19 derails the economy, worsens deprivation and exposes longtime inequalities.
Previous speakers have included social justice advocate Rev. William Barber II, Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Banerjee, and child development experts Anna Johnson of Georgetown University and Hirokazu Yoshikawa of New York University. Their talks and others can be found here.