Betsey Stevenson was cited in numerous stories the past several days regarding the Obama Administration’s push to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave each year.
Stevenson, currently on leave from the Ford School, serves on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
New York Times’ reporter Julie Hirschfeld cited Stevenson in, Obama Plans to Push Paid Family and Sick Leave for Workers, writing, "Betsey Stevenson, a member of Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, said evidence showed that paid-leave programs had helped workers in several states and localities, including California, Connecticut and San Francisco, without harming employers’ bottom lines."
And in USA Today’s coverage, Obama to propose paid sick leave for American workers, Stevenson is quoted as saying, "Study after study finds that these policies are good for children, workers and employers. We need to follow the lead of other industrialized countries and make sure all workers have these protections."
President Obama is expected to ask Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year during next week’s State of the Union address. On Thursday, he signed a memo directing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to employees with a new child.