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

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 11.10.2015 | 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 o...

What Americans Need to Know About Iceland

Eleanor LeCain | Posted 11.09.2015 | 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 ...

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

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 10.08.2015 | 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 08.26.2015 | 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 governmen...

Carly Fiorina Backs Maternity Leave Policy Worse Than Afghanistan's

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that she opposes changing federal law to require companies to provide...

Hooray for Netflix

Martha Burk | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Martha Burk

Netflix made a giant leap ahead of 99 percent of corporate America this week when it announced an unlimited first year leave policy for new parents. We can only hope other companies hop on this bandwagon. But a bigger question is why access to family leave has to depend on where you work.

The U.S. Navy Just Made An Incredible Update To Its Maternity Leave Policy

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents

On July 2, Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, announced that, effective immediately, women serving in the Navy and Marine Corps will receive 18 wee...

Friday Talking Points -- Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats What 'Family Values' Should Mean

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trade deals are one subject (one of the very few left) which do not break down on party line. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are split over the issue, so it's not a repeat of the usual partisan battle lines. But it is a clear defeat for Obama, who lobbied hard to very little effect.

Hillary Clinton Calls For Paid Family Leave In Mother's Day Campaign Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents

Hillary Clinton's latest campaign video is all about paid family leave. Released on Mother's Day, the video touts Clinton's commitment to fighting...

A Small Request for Mother's Day

Carol Joyner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Carol Joyner

The U.S. stands alone with Papua New Guinea in having no paid leave program for new mothers. By comparison, all of the countries we trade with and a total of 178 nations across the globe have a form of paid family leave, usually for women after childbirth but in many countries, for men as well.

Where Men and Dads Fit in the Work-Family Balance Equation

Emily Baxter | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Emily Baxter

It can be easy to paint work-family balance issues, and the policies that could make a real difference for the economic security and well-being of our families, as women's issues only.

Why Americans Work Longer Hours Than Those Overseas

Sara Rix | Posted 04.05.2015 | Fifty
Sara Rix

There are many reasons why workers don't spend much time away from the office, despite the positive impact that getting away can have on health, stress and performance.

American Business Should Take the Lead on Paid Parental Leave

David Hanrahan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
David Hanrahan

The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks. As these charts show, the U.S. is one of only three countries (the other two are Oman and Papua New Guinea) to not mandate some level of paid parental leave at the federal level.

FMLA Turns 21: Dare to Imagine the World We Deserve

Ellen Bravo | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Twenty-one. This number has come to symbolize adulthood. It means good luck in cards. But when it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, twenty-one stands for "too damn long" -- too little progress over too many years.

Here's Why Family Leave Is A Huge Deal For New Parents

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

The average age at which working Americans now expect to retire is 66. Assuming many of them start working in their late teens or early 20s, that mean...

7 Things I Know After My Paternity Leave

Michael Kress | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Michael Kress

The experience was, not surprisingly, as much -- or more -- about my older kids as it was about the baby.

State of the US Workplace: Good and Bad News

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

The ongoing National Study of Employers -- a study of employers with 50 or more employees conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) -- reveals five surprising trends between 2008 (and in some cases 2005) and 2014.

To The Commentators Who Slammed Paternity Leave

Josh Levs | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Josh Levs

It isn't too late for you to join the modern world. You can open your minds and learn. Reach out to me or to millions of other dads who can set you straight. In 2014, that would be the manly thing to do.

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

DOMA Ruling Expands FMLA Protections

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellen Bravo

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the justices opened a number of doors -- including extending the protection of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to many same-sex married couples, so they are no longer forced to choose between caring for their spouse and keeping their job.

Ode to the Single Married Mom

Lori Sokol | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Lori Sokol

Essentially, just as the "afterbirth" (or placenta) is immediately discarded after childbirth so, too, is our country's support of an infant and mother immediately "after-birth."

"Comp-Time" in a Real-time World

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Overtime pay is not just to be kind to workers. It also counteracts the absence of a federal statute that sets a ceiling on weekly work hours. What's to keep an employer from routinely asking for 70 hours and firing employees if they refuse?

Working Woman or Mom? It's Time for Change, Not Choice

Neale Godfrey | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Our heads may have hit or even broken through the "glass ceiling," but as working moms, our feet can still be stuck in quicksand.