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•  The Washington Post this morning reports that "nearly 200 businesses are pressing Congress for paid and more expansive family leave, a sign of the shifting political momentum over U.S. labor policy after the overlapping crises of the coronavirus pandemic exposed workers’ vulnerabilities.

"In a letter sent Tuesday, executives for such brands as Patagonia, Etsy, Levi Strauss and Danone urged congressional leaders to extend comprehensive paid family and medical leave to all working people."

Annie Sartor, senior director at the advocacy group PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States), said that "to have almost 200 companies come out and go on the record in support of a public policy position like paid leave is really unprecedented."

According to the Post, "The letter calls for Congress to create a 'permanent paid family and medical leave policy,' but it does not offer specifics. Sartor said that it was intentionally left broad but that the group wanted paid leave to address three key areas: leave for parents surrounding the birth of a child or an adoption, for people taking time to care for a sick family member, and personal sick and medical leave."