In this episode, Blessing and Andrea are joined by Orli Cotel, who is part of the founding team at the national non-profit Paid Leave for the U.S. or "PLUS" for short. PLUS has helped win paid leave for over 8 million people at Walmart, Starbucks, CVS and more -- and channeled that momentum into the fight for national legislation that would bring paid leave to everyone in the U.S. As Senior Advisor and former VP of Partnerships at PLUS, Orli has advised many companies on updating their own paid leave policies to be more equitable and inclusive, and has engaged over 350 businesses to advocate for federal paid leave, including Pinterest, Salesforce, Levi's, Spotify, Etsy, and many more.
They deep dive into the Crisis that is the lack of adequate paid leave in the United states, the staggering statistics that reflect this and how challenging this is for working parents. They also discuss the ways in which the government and employers can ensure that employees at all levels in the U.S have access to adequate paid leave.
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