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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 04.08.2013 | Gay 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.

NBA Allegedly Forced Women With Young Children Out Of Jobs

AP | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- A New Jersey woman who worked for the NBA as a senior account executive filed a $3 million gender discrimination lawsuit against the leagu...

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 07.10.2012 | Gay 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.

Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland: A Warning to Women

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The decision essentially says that sick leave -- taking care of oneself -- is fundamentally different from family leave -- taking care of someone else -- in that it does not depend on gender differences or stereotypes. This is an erroneous conclusion.

FMLA & Beer Pong: Social Media Is the Cause of -- And Solution To -- All of Life's Problems

Matthew Zachary | Posted 03.07.2012 | Technology
Matthew Zachary

21st Century Suggestion: Do not post photos of yourself on Facebook vacationing with your family in Cabo when you are disability leave from your job.

Sometimes, It Takes an Interpretation

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Since the Family and Medical Leave Act was first passed the concept of families changed but the flexibility to apply FMLA to shifting conditions did not. This week, the Administration took a major step in recognizing the need for such flexibility.

El Salvador's Left Wins Historic Election

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

El Salvador's presidential election was not only another step toward regional independence but a triumph of hope against fear, much as in the U.S. presidential election of 2008.

W's Parting Gifts to Women

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

It's not new that outgoing Presidents try to change national policy at the last minute through rule changes. But W is set to set a record.

Sarah Palin Helps the Dems -- But What about the Ladies?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

Will Palin's difficulty on the big stage set back the progress of women into higher office?

Never Done and Under Paid

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

This year Labor Day and Women's Equality Day bookend the week: a timely conjunction, since tension over what properly constitutes women's work is the crux of much of our current public discourse.