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October 26, 2023

Senate Finance Committee examines need for Federal paid leave program, results from state programs

Witnesses debate costs for employers and workers, need for flexibility, benefits vs. burdens

The Senate Finance Committee on October 25 held a hearing on "Exploring Paid Leave: Policy, Practice, and Impact on the Workforce." Materials from the hearing are posted here. The witnesses were:

  • Ben Verhoeven, president of Peoria Gardens Inc.
  • Jocelyn Frye, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Rachel Greszler, senior research fellow for budget and entitlements at the Heritage Foundation
  • Elizabeth Milito, executive director of the Small Business Legal Center at the National Federation of Independent Business

Additional information is also available in the attached WCEY Alert.


Contact Information
For additional information concerning this Alert, please contact:
Washington Council Ernst & Young
   • Will Heyniger (
   • Heather Meade (


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