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Stop Punishing the Family Man

Josh Levs | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

A recent Harvard study finds the vast majority of top executives are men who admit not making their families a priority. They see work-family conflicts as primarily a "women's problem," even though studies have shown that working dads are experiencing as much work-life conflict as moms -- perhaps even more.

The Battle for Marriage Equality Is Still Being Fought in the Lower Courts

Brianne J. Gorod | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Brianne J. Gorod

When it comes to the fight for marriage equality, all eyes are on the Supreme Court and what it will do this June. But that doesn't mean there's nothing happening in the lower courts in the meantime.

Celebrate FMLA Justice

Nora T. Akins | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

All legally married couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, or married under common law have consistent access to family leave rights under the FMLA. The Department of Labor estimates this change will result in more than 8,000 additional instances of FMLA leave.

FMLA Updated for a Modern Family

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas E. Perez

For the purposes of the FMLA, marriage will now be determined based on where the couple got married, not on where an employee lives. This is called a "place of celebration" rule. That means that access to federal FMLA leave for an individual in a same-sex marriage is protected

200 Million Reasons to Support Paid Family and Medical Leave

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This year, we sought to determine just how big an impact the FMLA has had these last 22 years. The result tells a bittersweet story about our nation -- one of progress, problems and possibility.

What I Want U.S. Companies to Know About Maternity Leave

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

There are some high-level executives, business owners and heads of HR out there who just don't get it. They don't get the life cycle of a new mother and they don't get that the way things are going now in the world of maternity leave is costing businesses money and resources.

Iran Cares More About New Mothers Than the United States

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Kurt A. Gardinier

The United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave. The only one.

16 Dads, 16 Different Paternity Leaves

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

I asked a group of fathers to share the stories of their paternity leaves (or lack thereof). A few had very supportive employers with generous policies, some had nightmare situations that led to them find employment elsewhere, and most were unsupported and left to rely on their accumulated time off.

Expand FMLA -- Good for Women, Good for Families, Good for All

Linda Meric | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

The 21st anniversary of the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act on August 5 provides an important moment to examine how far our nation has come since President Clinton signed FMLA into law in 1993 and how far we still need to go.

It's Time to Upgrade the Family and Medical Leave Act

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The absence of paid leave has left too many workers forced to choose between, for example, caring for a sick parent with cancer or paying the rent -- it's as basic as that.

America's Love-Hate Relationship With Mothers

Janis Powers | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Janis Powers

The responsibility for advocating for maternity leave does not fall solely on mothers and their families. It is an issue that all women must support. Regardless of whether a woman is a mother or not, she has the potential to be one. Therefore, any discriminatory behavior directed at mothers is, by extension, directed at all women.

In the Fight for Gender Equity in the Labor Market, There is No "Other"

Anika J. Hermann | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Anika J. Hermann

These numbers are unconscionable. And they have dire implications. Leaving aside micro-level issues arising from women being economically dependent on men, wage gaps threaten large-scale economic stability.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Hey, GOP: Most Americans Support Raising Minimum Wage, Equal Pay For Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans support policies that would improve equality for women in the workplace, according to a new poll released Wednes...

It's Time For Paid Family and Medical Leave

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

In far too many cases, unpaid leave means families must face the stark choice between a paycheck and caring for a loved one. This is not a choice any family should have to make.

Sabrina Siddiqui

There's A Serious Gender Gap When It Comes To Paid Time Off

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women are significantly less likely than men to receive extended paid leave from their employer, a new poll shows. In the last few ye...

Are We There Yet? Going the Distance for the Family and Medical Leave Act

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The shifts in our economy have shown how easy it is to fall into poverty, and how hard it is to climb out. There is no upside to the fraying of the social safety net, no matter how some policymakers attempt to defend it. The consequences can be disastrous for families, disruptive to communities and a drain on the economy.

States Power the Movement for New Family-friendly Standards

Ellen Bravo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Why are opponents so concerned about local communities deciding what's best for the health and welfare of their residents?

Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

Linda Meric | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. But FMLA still has a long way to go.

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.

Rhode Island Becomes Third State With Paid Family Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The Temporary Caregiver Insurance bill will be the first law of its kind in the U.S. to protect the job security of all employees needing to take leave for a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member or personal illness. The bill will ensure that workers can take up to four weeks of paid leave.

What About Unmarried Equality?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact
Bella DePaulo

When I saw the Prop 8 plaintiffs huddled around the cell phone, hearing the President of the United States personally congratulating them on their rol...

Lisa Belkin

First Father To Win His Right To Paternity Leave Speaks Out -- And He Isn't Happy

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Paid Sick Time - Crucial for Keeping Families Afloat, and Good for the Employers' Bottomline

MotherWoman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people come to work when they're sick. This is partly due to the fact that I caught bronchitis from a sick collea...

Impossible Decisions: Choosing Between the Job We Need and the Family We Love

MotherWoman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jennifer Shiao Page Last year, I made a career change and I'm now working for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. But prior to that I had an...

Supporting LGBT Workers and Their Families in Times of Need

Jared Make | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay 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.