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Family and Medical Leave Act

Is There a Daddy Equivalent to the Mommy Wars?

Barbara Lee | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Barbara Lee

Asking if men -- for whom societal structures have been working pretty favorably forever -- can "have it all" strikes a nerve with some women. Rightfully so. Perhaps it is because women are what's missing from this budding Daddy Wars conversation.

Lisa Belkin

First Father To Win His Right To Paternity Leave Speaks Out -- And He Isn't Happy | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said that Jerry Cammarata sued the New York City Board of Education and won a ruling from the Equal Em...

Supporting LGBT Workers and Their Families in Times of Need

Jared Make | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jared Make

When illness strikes or a child is born or adopted, workers should not have to worry about losing a job or critical income. The LGBT community must join the call for paid leave laws and ensure that all workers have the support and time to recover from illness and care for their loved ones.

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality

Mothers, Working Families Aren't Fooled

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?

The Family and Medical Leave Act: 20 Years of Working for Working Families

Mary Beth Maxwell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Mary Beth Maxwell

Twenty years ago, Congress enacted into law a simple and fundamental principle: workers should not have to choose between the job they need, and the family members they love and who need their care. But what happens to workers when employers do not comply with the FMLA?

Making the Personal Political

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The Feminine Mystique is 50 years old; do you know where your equality is? Here's a hint: If you're a woman living in America, it's still pretty far out of reach.

When Family Leave Crosses the Aisle

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

It's time to expand unpaid leave to cover the 40 percent of all workers who are currently ineligible and to establish national family and medical leave insurance to meet 21st century workforce needs.

Laura Bassett

Bill Clinton Joins Push For Paid Sick Leave | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Twenty years ago on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires companies to grant their e...

20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family-friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

"Groundbreaking" is a word that's thrown around a lot, but this victory truly was. The FMLA is the first national law ever to help Americans manage the dual demands of work and family.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Then, Now and Next

Seth D. Harris | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Seth D. Harris

Today, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Department of Labor is releasing the results of a survey on the act's use and impact. Plain and simple: the act is still good for workers and their families -- and yes, it's good for business.

Celebrating Family and Medical Leave Act With Family Values

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Twenty years later, mothers and dads are still waiting. In the meantime, almost every other country around the globe has instituted a form of paid maternity leave. There is a tiny trio of countries that do not: Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States.

Lisa Belkin

Bangladeshi Parents Have It, Why Can't We? | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

What we should be debating is paid Family Leave.

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.

Pushing Forward With Paid Leave, Workplace Flexibility for All

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Working moms, and increasingly working dads don't want a government handout, but they do need a hand up. What is at the top of the list?

Paid Parental Leave: It's About Time

J. Ronald Lally | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
J. Ronald Lally

It's time for the U.S. to catch up with the rest of the industrialized world and stand up for the rights of women and babies.

Breast Cancer Patient Allegedly Fired TWICE While Seeking Treatment | Posted 07.21.2012 | Black Voices

Connie Robinson has been fighting breast cancer for the past three years. That battle alone is enough for one person to endure. But, during that same...

The Politics of Motherhood

Ann O'Leary | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Working mothers, or at least those with limited education and lower-end jobs, have almost no employee benefits that allow time away from work when their children are sick or even when they give birth.

Gay in America: Left Out of Family Leave

Janet Walsh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janet Walsh

If the love of your life had major surgery or a serious illness, you would want to be by their side. You'd want to take time off work without losing your job to give them the care they need. But if you're gay, you have no such right under federal law.

Corporations Catching Up to Fatherhood

Nathan Greenberg | Posted 06.11.2012 | Parents
Nathan Greenberg

Men and women are both in the kitchen. Men and women are both at the grocery store. Men and women are both changing diapers. But men and women are not both respected as parents.

Dave Jamieson

Obama To Improve Medical Leave For Military Families | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Monday that it plans on amending the federal rules on family and medical work leave, making it easier for...

The Right to Be Healthy: Supreme Court Weighs Sick Leave for State Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Daniel Coleman thought he was just asking for time off from work, but he got a lot more than he expected. First, he was punished with economic hardship, and today, he represents countless public workers who can't afford another assault on their health.

At Stake: A Fundamental Protection for Millions of Workers

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

What is at stake in this case is whether the Supreme Court will respect Congress' ability to make laws designed to remedy pervasive and unconstitutional discrimination, and whether millions of state workers can continue to count on FMLA leave when they get sick.

Challenges to the Privileging of Married People, from Across the Ideological Spectrum

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

[This post is co-authored by Bella DePaulo and Rachel Buddeberg.] Today marks the beginning of Singles Week (or, more formally, National Unmarried an...

Life, Liberty, and Ending Inequality

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Four years ago, Seattle designer Charlene Strong lost her wife of 10 years, Kate Fleming. A world-renowned narrator of audio books, Kate drowned in he...