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Report: Florida's family caregiver laws not so family-friendly

The National Partnership for Women & Families gave Florida a "C-minus" grade for the state's policies around family caregiving in its recently released "Raising Expectations" report. Pictured is a map with grades for each state. | [Courtesy of National Partnership for Women & Families]
The National Partnership for Women & Families gave Florida a "C-minus" grade for the state's policies around family caregiving in its recently released "Raising Expectations" report. Pictured is a map with grades for each state. | [Courtesy of National Partnership for Women & Families]
Published Sep. 17, 2018

Florida may be known for its family-friendly beaches and theme park attractions, but a recent report says not everything in the Sunshine State is as embracing of families. The National Partnership for Women & Families gave Florida a "C-minus" grade for the state's policies around family caregiving in its recently released "Raising Expectations" report.

"Millions of families face a heartbreaking choice between job and family when illness strikes or a new child comes," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership. "Families of color and low-income and working-class families are harmed the most by work-family conflicts.

Florida is one of 19 states in the "C" range and received 20 points out of a maximum of 190 points. Florida does not provide additional protections for private sector workers beyond the minimum federal requirements, which dragged its grade down. Six states received an "A"-range grade, while nine were given an "F." Massachusetts had the highest score at 160, while nine states tied for last with zero points.

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