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Put Families First: Federal Paid Leave Program is a Win-Win

Dina Bakst | Posted 02.10.2017 | Women
Dina Bakst

Twenty-four years ago this week, then-President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—the nation’s first and only law to add...

Washington Is Leading The Way On Paid Family Leave

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.09.2016 | DC
Tom Spiggle

The Washington, D.C., City Council recently announced it will vote on a paid leave bill that would be one of the most generous in the nation. Thanks to the city's demographics and its unique position as the nation's capital, this vote could be a major turning point for the country.

Why Women's Voices Count in this Election

Mama Bean | Posted 10.19.2016 | Women
Mama Bean

As I kiss my sleeping daughter on the cheek, I notice how she's changing. Tucked up in her bed, she is no longer the baby I cradled or the toddler that I pushed on the swing. She is a young girl with a big voice and thankfully, she's not afraid to use it.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Meant To Guarantee Paid Parental Leave For More Workers

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Friday that would have guaranteed job-protected time off for many new parents in the state. The bill, in...

Not All Trump Hotels Provide Paid Maternity Leave, Despite Ivanka Trump's Claim

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics

In a television appearance touting her father’s newly released maternity leave and child care plans, Ivanka Trump said that the Trump Organization p...

Paid Family Leave: We're Not #1, but We Could be #184

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Sunil Rajaraman

In the past few years, such political giants as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Andrew Cuomo have brought attention to paid family leave by discussing their own experiences as fathers, and describing the ways these policies benefit men too.

Even Conservatives Now Admit The U.S. Needs Paid Family Leave

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business

Even as we endure one of the ugliest presidential elections in U.S. history, something remarkably positive is happening in politics. The left and righ...

This Father’s Day, How About We Stop Judging Dads So Harshly?

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business

This Father’s Day, how about we try and make men feel good about spending time away from work and with their kids? Because while more men want to b...

50 Companies That Love New Dads

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business

These days, you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg to get great paternity leave. Companies are offering new dads more time off than ever before, accor...

The Privilege of Maternity Leave: What the NICU Taught Me

Carolyn Tisch Blodgett | Posted 05.08.2016 | Parents
Carolyn Tisch Blodgett

The United States is one of the only countries in the world that does not guarantee the right to paid family leave, which forces many new parents to make the heart wrenching decision to go back to work earlier than they want to -- often while their babies remain in the hospital if they were born prematurely.

Campbell’s New Leave Policy Is A Big Step Even If It Isn’t The Best

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business

Years ago, when Denise Morrison told her boss she planned to take a temporary leave from work to have her first baby, she knew this wouldn’t be welc...

Coca-Cola To Offer Paternity Leave After Millennials Request It

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business

Citing the influence of its millennial employees and the need to promote gender equality at work, Coca-Cola on Monday announced a far more inclusive p...

When You’re Back To Work Three Days After Giving Birth

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business

America is facing a national crisis. It is the only developed country in the world that doesn't offer paid time off to new parents -- and moms and dad...

Moms Are Resorting To Crowdfunding To Cover Unpaid Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents

It's no secret that the U.S. lags far behind other countries when it comes to paid maternity leave. But the lengths American moms must go to in order ...

Americans Need More Paid Leave

Tom Spiggle | Posted 02.11.2017 | DC
Tom Spiggle

I write this letter in strong support of the Universal Paid Leave Act. As an employment attorney, a small business owner covered by the Act, and a father of four, I have a unique perspective on the bill and its impact.

Unpaid Family Leave Is Leaving the Sandwich Generation Behind

The Heller School | Posted 02.01.2017 | Fifty
The Heller School

Other countries offer their working parents family and medical leave that is of longer duration and at least partially paid. The U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we are amongst the 112 countries (out of 145) that do not provide paid leave away from work to care for adult family members.

Debate Advice for Hillary and Bernie

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Those who did manage to catch it saw a much more high-spirited contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton than we've previously seen.

Hillary Clinton Sets Up A Fight With Bernie Sanders Over Paid Leave

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered new details about her plan to make sure all workers can take time off, with pay,...

There's Something Missing In The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business

New York's women are on the verge of a huge win as the state gets closer to a $15 minimum hourly wage. That would be the highest of any state in the c...

Kudos to Amazon on New Parental Leave Policy... But Did They Get it Right?

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

The question is, in high-performing companies, what is the penalty for using it? First of all congratulations to Amazon. Last week, Amazon stepped ou...

What Americans Need to Know About Iceland

Eleanor LeCain | Posted 11.09.2016 | Women
Eleanor LeCain

I just returned from an international conference in Iceland celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote. What progress has been made in the century? What difference did women voting make? What remains to be done to achieve gender equality?

Paul Ryan Gives His Staff Paid Family Leave. No, He Doesn't Want It Guaranteed For You.

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he would not run for speaker of the House if it would require him to give up his family time, offers p...

Working Moms Have Ambition. So, What's Stopping Them from Getting to the C-Suite?

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 10.08.2016 | Women
Cara Woodson Welch

It's not lack of ambition holding working moms from the top ranks of companies. The stat caught my eye as I opened the morning paper last week: Mothers are 15% more interested in being a top executive than women without children.

National Breastfeeding Month's Official Movie

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 08.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

The Milky Way: Not Just Another Breastfeeding Documentary August is National Breastfeeding Month. I am very proud that Jennifer Davidson asked me to ...

Carly Fiorina Has A Laughable, Dangerous Solution To The Paid Leave Problem

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

New mothers in the United States are often forced to go back to work just a few weeks after having babies. That happens because our federal government...