A 2015 Labor Department survey shows 12% of private sector workers have access to paid family leave. However, 2011 American Time Use Survey data states that 48% of workers said they could access paid leave for family reasons.
Wall Street Journal staffer Anna Louie Sussman takes a look at the conflicting numbers and explains that the former survey asks employers about the benefits they offer, while the latter survey asks workers about their access to leave. As the presidential contenders have spotlighted the issue for debate, trends appear to be gaining clarity:
But the trend appears to be heading toward more, not less, paid leave, especially for higher-skilled workers. In recent years, a growing list of employers, many of them in thetechnology sector or the Fortune 500, are boosting their paid-leave offerings to attract and retain talent.