JEC REPORT FINDS FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES OVERWHELMINGLY OFFER 6-8 WEEKS OF PAID FAMILY LEAVE
 
Maloney: Our Most Profitable Companies are a Model for a Basic Paid Leave Standard, but Not the Gold Standard
 
Washington, D.C. – The Joint Economic Committee today released a report, requested by Vice Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), finding that three-quarters of Fortune 100 companies offer mothers some form of paid leave when they have a new child, typically lasting six to eight weeks. Family leave has become an increasingly important workplace policy because most families no longer have a stay-at-home parent to provide care for a new child and they often cannot afford to take unpaid leave.  As a guide for policymakers, the Joint Economic Committee examined how firms design their paid family leave policies by asking Fortune 100 companies about the length of paid leave that they provide for new parents.
 
“Fortune 100 companies' policies should offer a model for implementing paid family leave as a basic employment standard for all workers in our nation,” said Vice Chair Maloney. “Both Ozzie and Harriet go to work now. Families need time to care for a new child and businesses need these policies to attract and retain valuable workers. Our most profitable companies are providing a basic standard for their workers, but it’s still not the gold standard found in other industrialized countries.”
 
Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said, “In a world where two parents working is the norm, we need to do more to make sure moms and dads are given the time they need to care for their families. There's nothing more wonderful than having children, and nothing more demanding.  Paid family leave policies ensure that parents can fully enjoy and tend to their growing families without having to worry about their next paycheck."
 
Key findings from the JEC report, Paid Family Leave at Fortune 100 Companies: A Basic Standard, But Still Not the Gold Standard:
   Three-quarters (73.6 percent) of the Fortune 100 companies that responded offer mothers a specific paid parental leave program – such as paid family or disability leave – for the birth of a child, typically lasting six to eight weeks.
   Fathers are less likely to be offered family leave, have access to fewer weeks of paid leave, and generally use paid sick days for their leave. One-third (32.1%) of the companies report that they offer fathers paid parental leave and among those offering paid leave, the length is typically only 2 weeks. 
   Nine-out-of-ten (88.7%) of the Fortune 100 firms that responded offer parents some form of paid leave when they have a new child.  Many workers must cobble together leave from various programs: family leave policies, pregnancy-related disability leave, and the allowable use of paid sick days. When combining paid leave from all available sources, Fortune 100 companies typically offer mothers 12 weeks of paid leave and fathers six weeks of paid leave.
   A significant share of Fortune 100 companies (39.6%) provide employees with both paid (including leave policies, pregnancy-related disability leave, and the allowable use of paid sick days) and unpaid leave for the birth of a child.  Employees in these firms typically have a total of 6 months (26 weeks) of unpaid, job-protected parental leave, on top of any paid leave they have access to.
   Roughly ten percent (11.4%) of the companies reported offering employees no paid leave of any kind.
-    While Fortune 100 companies offer more leave than typically provided by other U.S. companies, the length of leave remains far below that offered in the European Union and nearly all other advanced economies.

Workers need a new set of workplace policies that allow them to meet the competing demands of work and family, the report concludes. The U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not ensure paid family leave for all workers. Fortune 100 companies' policies offer a model for implementing paid family leave in the U.S. These firms offer a basic set of leave policies which, while not as generous as in Europe, are consistent with the lengths of leave being proposed in the states and offered by Congressional offices.

Fortune 100 firms overwhelmingly offer paid leave to new mothers, in addition to paid sick days, according to the report. Employees need sick days in case they or their children get sick. Further, like the FMLA, paid family leave should allow both mothers and fathers similar lengths of time to care for and bond with a new child. While mothers need more time to recover physically from the rigors of childbirth and to breastfeed, fathers are also needed at home to help care for the new child.

 
 
 The Joint Economic Committee, established under the Employment Act of 1946, was created by Congress to review economic conditions and to analyze the effectiveness of economic policy.

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JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE TO HOLD EMPLOYMENT HEARING ON RELEASE OF NEW FEBRUARY JOBS REPORT

With Unemployment on the Rise, JEC to Address Newly Released Jobs Figures from BLS and Examine the Growing Problem of Long-Term Unemployment

Maloney and Schumer to Explore Benefits of Unemployment Insurance with BLS Commissioner

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Representative Carolyn Maloney, Chairman and Vice-Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) respectively, will hold a hearing on the newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) monthly employment figures with Commissioner Keith Hall on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 9:30 am in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628. The hearing, entitled “The Employment Situation: February 2008” will address the new jobs report to be released that morning. The new jobs report examines the change in national unemployment rates and non-farm payroll employment figures over the past month. The hearing’s second panel will focus on the long-term unemployed and unemployment insurance benefits. As more Americans struggle economically, with job growth stalling and wages falling, the committee will analyze the latest developments in the labor market, the best barometer of our nation’s economic health.

WHAT: JEC Hearing: “The Employment Situation: February 2008”
WHO:   Panel 1: Dr. Keith Hall, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
            Panel 2: Dr. Rebecca Blank, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan
Robert V. Kerr Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution
Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project
Dr. Lowell Gallaway, Distinguished Economics Professor, Ohio University
WHEN:  9:30 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2008
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628

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JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE AND HOUSE FEDERAL WORKFORCE SUBCOMMITEE TO WEIGH BENEFITS OF PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
 
Joint Economic Committee and House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce to Explore the Benefits of Paid Parental Leave and Highlight Federal Government’s Competitive Disadvantage in Not Offering this Benefit
 
Washington, D.C. – Joint Economic Vice Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Subcommittee of Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia will hold a hearing examining the merits of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2007 (HR 3799) on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 9:30am.  The Hearing, entitled “Investing in the Future of the Federal Workforce: Paid Parental Leave to Improve Recruitment and Retention,” will highlight the benefits of providing all federal employees with eight weeks of full pay for leave taken for the birth or adoption of a child. Currently, the federal government only provides employees with access to 12 weeks of unpaid leave through the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which many workers cannot afford to take. Witnesses will include representatives from the federal government, leading policy analysts specializing in paid family and medical leave, unions that represent federal workers, and an employee who will recount the challenges she has faced because of the unpaid leave policy currently in place.   
 
WHAT:      Joint Economic Committee and House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Hearing “Investing in the Future of the Federal Workforce: Paid Parental Leave Improves Recruitment and Retention”
WHEN:      Thursday, March 6, 2008 – 9:30 am
WHERE:    Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154
WHO:        Panel I:
Dr. Daniel Beard, Chief Administrative Officer, U.S. House of Representatives
Ms. Nancy Kichak, Associate Director for Strategic Human Resources Policy, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
                 Panel II:
Dr. Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work, Columbia University
Ms. Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families
Dr. Vicky Lovell, Director of Employment and Work/Life Programs, The Institute for Women’s Policy Research
                 Panel III:
Ms. Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union
Ms. Mary Jean Burke, First Executive Vice-President, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIOMs.
Amy Costantino, Federal Employee, Washington, D.C.
 
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WITH FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR NEARING, JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE INCREASINGLY HIGH COSTS OF WAR

Nobel Laureate Economist Stiglitz, Bob Hormats, and Rand Beers To Offer Views on the Continued and Increasing Economic, Military, and Security Costs of the War in Iraq
 
Washington, D.C. – In advance of the five year anniversary of the war in Iraq, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) will hold a hearing to examine the true cost of the war. The hearing entitled, “War at Any Cost? The Total Economic Costs of the War Beyond the Federal Budget” will be held Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 9:30 am in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Nobel Prize winner and former World Bank Chief Economist, Joseph Stiglitz, will testify along with former National Security Council (NSC) adviser Robert Hormats, and Rand Beers, who also served Democratic and Republican presidents on the NSC. Professor Stiglitz has been the leading economist to quantify the costs of the war in Iraq; Mr. Hormats has questioned deficit spending to pay for the war; Mr. Beers is a leading expert on the costs of Iraq war to our national security, military readiness, and reputation abroad.

WHAT: Joint Economic Committee Hearing “War at Any Cost? The Total Economic Costs of the War Beyond the Federal Budget”
WHO: Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, Nobel Laureate
Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs (International)
Rand Beers, President, National Security Network
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow at iGrowthGlobal
WHEN: 9:30am, Thursday, February 28, 2008
WHERE: Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building

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Yesterday, Sen. Charles Schumer sent a letter to Commerce Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, urging the Bush administration to keep the EconomicIndicators.gov website open to the public and the information on it free. Today our office received a phone call saying that the site would continue operations due in part to Schumer's letter, and www.economicindicators.gov contains an affirming message that it will continue to keep its website and email alerts going due to public outcry.

Schumer congratulated the administration for making the right decision and said, "The administration took the right step in keeping this important economic indicators website and email alerts free and open to the public. This is no time to pull back on the free flow of critical information about our quick-changing economy, and I'm glad the administration agrees that shutting down this website would be penny wise, but pound foolish." The original press release and letter are below:

 

SCHUMER URGES BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO KEEP CRITICAL ECONOMIC DATA SITE FREE AND INFORMATION FLOWING

Award-Winning Government Economic Data Website, Widely Used by Public, To Be Shut Down March 1st to Cut Costs

On the Brink of a Recession, Commerce Department's Decision to Shut Down Popular Economic Indicators Website Boggles the Mind

Washington, DC—Today, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, urged Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez not to shut down free public access to the Commerce Department’s Economic Indicators website. Administered by the Commerce Department’s Economic and Statistics Administration, the website compiles critical information about the state of the U.S. economy, ranging from Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics to information about retail sales. The website, which can be found at: www.economicindicators.gov is particularly useful because people can sign up to receive free e-mail announcements as soon as new economic data across government agencies becomes available. Current subscribers to the economic indicators emails will have to pay to continue receiving this helpful information in the future.

Schumer said, "On the brink of a possible recession, the Bush Administration's decision to shut down the free flow of economic data boggles the mind. Wasteful government spending should be cut, but shutting down an award-winning website that gives Americans easy-to-use economic information during troubling economic times is penny-wise and pound-foolish."

Schumer noted that once the fixed costs of creating a website have been paid, the operational costs of maintaining such a site should be small. He asked Secretary Gutierrez to provide information on the maintenance costs for the site and the costsavings expected as a result of shutting it down; and he asked for data on the number of users who may be cut off from this information with such a move.

A copy of Senator Schumer’s letter appears below.


February 20, 2008
Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Secretary Gutierrez:

I was deeply concerned to learn of the Department of Commerce’s decision to shut down free public access to its Economic Indicators website as of March 1, 2008.

As you know, the Economic Indicators website, administered by the Department’s Economic and Statistics Administration, compiles critical information about the state of the U.S. economy, ranging from GDP statistics to information about retail sales to Census Bureau information. Economic Indicators is particularly valuable because people can sign up to receive e-mail announcements as soon as new economic data across government agencies becomes available. Data compiled through Economic Indicators is so comprehensive that Forbes Magazine recently recognized the site with its “Best of the Web” award stating that trying to compile the type of information provided on this site by yourself “is an exercise in futility”.

Given the current state of the U.S. economy, public access to information about the health of the economy has never been more critical. As important economic policy decisions are being made that will certainly have a lasting impact on this country’s well being, easy and free access to Economic Indicators is essential to ensure a robust dialogue about the wisdom of particular policies. Shutting down this website will significantly increase the cost of getting this economic data; and it will effectively limit the public’s ability to remain informed.

I was further troubled to learn that after this website has been shut down, members of the public may still receive e-mails with compilations of this type of data for a fee. Provision of accurate, easily accessible information about the state of the U.S. economy is one of the most basic government functions, and I find it appalling that taxpayers will now have to pay for data that the federal government already collects and compiles.

I find it hard to believe that shutting down this important information portal will result in any significant savings to the Department. Since the fixed costs of website creation have been paid, the operational costs of maintaining such a site must be relatively small. Can you please provide me with the cost of maintaining this site, as well as the cost-savings expected as a result of shutting it down? Additionally, I would like to know the number of e-mail subscribers who will no longer have free access to email updates as a result of shutting down this portal. I would appreciate a response within two weeks of receipt of this letter.

I strongly urge the Department to reconsider its decision to terminate the Economic Indicators website. The information previously provided through the site is a public good and must be made widely available to all Americans.

Sincerely,
Charles E. Schumer


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JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE: PREDISENT'S ECONOMIC REPORT WRONGLY INSISTS ECONOMY IS SOUND, DESPITE SERIOUS WORRIES IN HOUSING, CREDIT, JOBS MARKET

President’s Report Predicts Higher than Expected GDP Growth, Admits to Higher Deficits, Suggests Housing Market Decline May Aid Growth in Other Sectors

Schumer and Maloney Urge a New Direction on Economic Policy to Help Middle Class Families

Washington, D.C.Senator Charles E. Schumer and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairman and Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee respectively, responded to the Economic Report of the President (ERP), delivered to Congress today. The report, authored by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, summarizes the administration’s views on the state of the United States economy. The report reviews the last year of economic data and projects the economic health of our country in the future.

Sen. Schumer said, “Despite agreeing to a much-needed economic stimulus package, the President still seems to be looking at our economy with rose-colored glasses. The administration needs to recalibrate its overly-optimistic economic assumptions in order to seriously address the declining fortunes of the middle class families. The crisis in the housing and credit markets and the weakening jobs market should have been a wake up call for this administration to jump into action and shed its ideological blinders. This report indicates that the last year of the Bush presidency will be more of the same – more economic anxiety for American families and slower economic growth for the nation.”

“This year’s Economic Report of the President predictably examines many aspects of the economy, but also predictably fails to recognize the depth of the problems that American families face as the housing and labor markets weaken and the economy slows,” said Rep. Maloney. “The report predicts anemic job growth and rising unemployment, and provides little hope that wages will be able to outpace rising living expenses in the coming year. The President has worked with Congress to implement a stimulus plan to temporarily boost the economy, but he offers no proposal to bring lasting relief to the millions of Americans who are feeling the squeeze of high energy costs and falling real wages. The President’s rationale for making his tax cuts permanent lacks credibility as we teeter on the brink of an economic downturn. Middle- and lower-income families continue to pay the price for the President’s tax cuts and the costly war in Iraq, as programs that help ordinary Americans cope with economic or health care insecurity have become candidates for budget cutting. The Bush economy simply continues to leave behind most American families.”

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AS INVESTMENT BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS IN THE U.S. INCREASES, SCHUMER CONVENES FIRST 2008 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS

Joint Economic Committee to Examine How These Foreign Investments May Affect U.S. Economic and National Security

Amid Credit Crunch and Mortgage Mess, U.S. Institutions Turning to $2 Trillion in Assets Held by Sovereign Wealth Funds for Economic Boost


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), will convene the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) to examine increased investment by foreign-government controlled funds, known as sovereign wealth funds. The hearing entitled, “Do Sovereign Wealth Funds Make the U.S. Economy Stronger or Pose National Security Risks?” will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 2:00pm in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. A top Treasury Department official and experts on sovereign wealth investments will offer their views on the benefits and risks associated with investment in the United States by these funds. Schumer will also ask witnesses for their best recommendations to ensure U.S. economic and national security.

WHAT: Joint Economic Committee Hearing on “Do Sovereign Wealth Funds Make the U.S. Economy Stronger or Pose National Security Risks?”

WHO: David McCormick, Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Treasury
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, Partner, Covington and Burling; Former Deputy Secretary of Treasury and Ambassador to the European Union
Douglas Rediker, Co Director, Global Strategic Financial Initiative at the New America Foundation

WHEN: 2:00pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WHERE: Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building


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JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST 2008 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON NEW JOBS REPORT ON DAY OF ITS RELEASE
 
With a Looming Recession, JEC to Address New Jobs Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics and Assess Economic Impact

Schumer to Welcome Newly-Confirmed BLS Commissioner Keith Hall to First Congressional Jobs Hearing

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), will hold a hearing on the newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) monthly employment figures with Commissioner Keith Hall on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 9:30 am in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. The hearing, entitled “The Employment Situation in January 2008 will address the new jobs report and previously weak jobs reports in light of a potential recession. The hearing will also address chronically-low job creation during this administration and examine revisions to payroll figures for the past several years to be made that morning. With a recession looming and the unemployment rolls growing, Dr. Hall is expected to provide insight on labor market trends and conditions in a deteriorating economy.

 WHAT: Joint Economic Committee Hearing on The Employment Situation in January 2008

WHO: Dr. Keith Hall, Commissioner,Bureau of Labor Statistics

WHEN: 9: 30 a.m., Friday, February 1, 2008

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106

 The Joint Economic Committee, established under the Employment Act of 1946, was created by Congress to review economic conditions and to analyze the effectiveness of economic policy. 

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NEW JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE REPORT FINDS: AS ECONOMY SLOWS, DEMAND FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICAIDE GROWS

JEC Vice Chair Maloney: Wednesday’s Vote to Override President’s CHIP Veto Critical To Preserving Health Coverage For Millions of Children in a Weakening Economy

Cash-strapped States Face CHIP/Medicaid Annual Enrollment Growth of Between 700,000 and 1.1 Million Additional Children Due to Slower Job Creation, Apart from Trend in Program’s Growth, JEC Estimates

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, today released a report showing that worsening economic conditions will increase demand for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid, and called on colleagues in Congress to vote next Wednesday to override the President’s veto of H.R. 3963, legislation that would bring health coverage to approximately ten million children over the next five years.

"A million more children a year may need public health insurance due to worsening economic conditions, but state budgets are already strained by the weak national economy and the growing housing crisis," said Congresswoman Maloney. "This is a perfect storm that can be avoided, if Congress votes to override the President’s veto of legislation that would bring health care to millions of children in need. Additional Medicaid assistance to the states as part of a stimulus package would also provide shelter from this storm."

The JEC report finds that if employment growth falls to the levels seen following the 2001 recession, then demand for CHIP and Medicaid will grow, even apart from the normal growth trend in public coverage. The report’s key findings are the following:

• Between 700,000 and 1.1 million additional children will enroll in Medicaid/CHIP each year due to slowing employment growth alone.

• Up to 1.5 million additional persons will enroll in Medicaid each year due to slowing employment growth alone.

SCHIP provides health coverage to American children whose parents do not qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private insurance. Over the next five years, the House SCHIP reauthorization legislation would bring health coverage to approximately ten million children in need – preserving coverage for all 6.6 million children currently covered by SCHIP, and extending coverage to 3.8 million children who are currently uninsured, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

A slowing economy will likely lead to substantial increases in Medicaid/CHIP demand, yet the Administration is proposing a range of cutbacks to CHIP and Medicaid funding that will make the problem even more severe. These cutbacks will put increased fiscal demands on states at a time when they are ill equipped to handle them, according to the JEC report.

The report concludes that overriding the President’s veto of CHIP reauthorization would guarantee sufficient funding levels for the CHIP program to serve future enrollment needs. Furthermore, increasing the Federal Medicaid match percentage (FMAP) to the states as part of a stimulus package would help buffer the impact of the economic slowdown.

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SCHUMER: ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE COULD GEL QUICKLY

In response to positive statements by both the White House and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the need for an economic stimulus plan, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement urging quick bipartisan action to boost the economy:

“Everything seems to be coming together. Chairman Bernanke’s explicit endorsement of a stimulus package and his implicit judgment that extending Bush’s tax cuts would not help create short term economic stimulus, along with President Bush’s interest in stimulus, and House and Senate leaders coming together around a bipartisan plan – means that this could all gel shortly. And that is very important for our economy.”

The Joint Economic Committee held the first Congressional hearing of 2008 yesterday on the economy and need for an economic stimulus package. Former Treasury Secretary, Larry Summers testified to the need for up to $150 billion in economic stimulus, including tax cuts and spending measures. Fellow panelists from the Economic Policy Institute and the Heritage Foundation and most members of the Committee concurred that economic stimulus was needed. Schumer said yesterday that that the right combination of short-term tax cuts and spending stimuli, enacted quickly, will boost the economic fortunes of middle class families and jumpstart our economy.

Schumer, joined by Sen. Ted Kennedy yesterday, expressed a strong desire that an economic stimulus package be put forward before the President’s State of the Union Address because quick action is required to boost the economy.

All testimony and opening statements from yesterday’s JEC hearing can be found HERE

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