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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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 | 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

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

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 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.

Loosening the Ties That Bind

Kathie Lingle | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Kathie Lingle

The major flaw in the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 is that it's only a start to what needs to be done.

Mother's Day Is Different This Year

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
Eileen Appelbaum

It isn't your mother's Mother's Day any more. There's a new and lively conversation underway about what it takes to maximize mothers' contributions, both to the economy and to their 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?

When Caring Costs Too Much

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 05.23.2013 | Women
Morra Aarons-Mele

Media coverage of Sandberg's book plays into an unfortunate narrative that leaves caregiving by anyone except the mother of young children out of the conversation. What I know is true is that we have a shortsighted view of the purpose and importance of family leave

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.

Protecting Our Families When They’re Most Vulnerable

Emily Hecht-McGowan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emily Hecht-McGowan

This week we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the inclusion of our families in this important law. We've worked hard as a community to make sure this protection extends to our lives and our families.

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.

FMLA Anniversary: Celebrating 20 Years of Strengthening Families

Linda Meric | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Linda Meric

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That's why it's worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation's history.

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.

Having a Baby? Move To New Jersey Or California

Nancy Redd | Posted 12.10.2012 | Parents
Nancy Redd

What's my number one piece of sanity-saving advice to pregnant women? Get a job in California or New Jersey. Not for Disneyland and Snooki, mind you, but because these two forward-thinking states are the only places in America where all working mothers are offered paid maternity leave.

Back to Work, with Cigars

Joan Williams | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Joan Williams

Things have changed little, if at all, for men. Companies of all sorts often offer illegally short paternity leaves, even companies without a history of blowing off other federal mandates.

Daddy Leave: A Panacea for Gender Inequality?

Margunn Bjørnholt | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Margunn Bjørnholt

Despite the hopes and expectations of the wonders this policy measure might achieve, the honest answer is: the evidence that it does is weak, and there is also evidence of unintended and adverse effects.

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.

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.