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Paid Family Leave

Hillary's Proposal For Paid Family Leave Will Likely Look Like This

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton has said she wants to make sure every working American can take time off, with pay, in order to care for a newborn or sick relative -...

Clinton Attacks Sanders’ Progressive Agenda

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

This is why Hillary Clinton makes so many progressives queasy. The former secretary of state and front-runner for the Democratic presidential nominat...

The Movement Is in Motion: Paid Family Leave in the United States

Regan Long | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Regan Long

Why is the United States the only developed nation without guaranteed paid family leave? U.S. law provides meager supports to enable workers to fulfill their work and family obligations, leaving matters large up to an employers' generosity. This approach doesn't work.

How Paid Time Off Policies Can Hurt Your Employees

Gene Marks | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Paid time off is a publicity stunt. Most companies know that their best employees aren't going to take advantage of it. And by leaving the policy open and "up to the employee" managers are now creating a different kind of competitive environment, one that encourages taking less time off, rather than more.

DNC Goes All Out On Paul Ryan And Paid Family Leave

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee is making paid family leave one of its banner issues in the 2016 election cycle, using the ascendance...

It's Work and Family Month: We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time!

Carol Joyner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Carol Joyner

October is Work and Family Month, and it was packed with events, progress on policy, press conferences and declarations on working families.

Can Men Finally Find Work-Life Balance?

Tom Allon | Posted 10.28.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

We live in a society - and an era - in which many middle-aged men define themselves by what they do, not for who they are. That's why it was so refreshing that two of the most powerful men in the country recently put their family life before their professional pursuits.

What We're not Hearing From Republicans: Issues That Matter to Women and Families

Kate Black | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Kate Black

For almost two years, American Women has been listening to women from across the country as they talk about their daily struggles, what keeps them up at night and what policy solutions they believe can make a real difference in their lives. Here is what we know.

Paul Ryan Is The Poster Child Of Good Family-Work Policy

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Paul Ryan is the poster child for good family policy. He has family leave, vacation pay and flexible hours and clearly sees the benefit for his family. Now it is time for him to #Leanin for the rest of us.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Joe Biden said no, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee said no more, while Hillary Clinton endured 11 hours of Benghazi hearings aimed more at finding attack ad soundbites than facts. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan threw his hat into the ring for Speaker, but only after telling his House-mates, "I cannot and will not give up my family time." Bravo! It's a big moment when a political leader says that when he's about to take a big job rather than as a euphemism for being fired. Now Ryan should work to make it possible for all Americans to experience more family time. In the past, Ryan has opposed paid family leave, allowing America to remain the world's only developed country without it. So, as he seeks to unify the GOP caucus, he should also fight for family-friendly policies at a time when the country really needs them.

Changing the Conversation: Working Dads Prioritizing Family

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone

This conversation about paternal leave must continue so that not only men in leading companies, prominent government positions, and major-league ballplayers can feel empowered to speak out about their family roles.

Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

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Why Did CNN's Dana Bash 'Cry Wolf' About Paid Family Leave? Is She Working for the Chamber of Commerce?

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

There's plenty of evidence that paid family leave is not a "job killer." Rather than simply repeat what Fiorina said, a responsible journalist who had done her fact-checking homework would have pointed out that Fiorina was lying -- or at least misinformed.

Paid Family Leave: From Political Talking Point to Serious Election Issue

Ellen Bravo | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

We may not all bear or raise children, but we all have parents or partners or other loved ones who occasionally need care from us, and we are all susceptible to an illness or injury that can turn our lives and finances topsy-turvy. We all need affordable time for caregiving - and most don't have it.

Rethinking Employer-Based Benefits

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Many Americans receive a long list of important benefits through their employers. In part, this is an accident of history. It is also, in part, bad policy.

Tackling the Resistance to Paid Leave

Shifra Bronznick | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Shifra Bronznick

Many CEOs haven't considered paid leave because they assume it would add cost to an already stretched budget. But in more than 80% of the cases, when employees of an organization are on leave, they are not replaced. Instead, their work is divided among colleagues, deferred, or front-loaded. There is little additional cost to the employer.

Parental Leave for Hourly Workers

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

As there has been recent media attention around several companies (primarily in the technology sector) adding or enhancing their parental leave policies, it was interesting to see an article about Hilton Hotels now offering new parental leave benefits starting next year.

Business School Professors for Paid Family Leave

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

Right now, millions of workers are forced to choose between job and family when they need family or medical leave. Evidence shows that isn't good for families or for our economy.

The GOP Has It Wrong on Paid Maternity Leave

Amy K. Dacey | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Amy K. Dacey

It's no secret that we as a country still have a long way to go when it comes to paid maternity leave. Right now the United States is the only advanced economy that does not have a paid maternity leave requirement. And it's not just paid maternity leave where we fall short.

What Mothers Need on Labor Day, and Every Day

Nanette Fondas | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Nanette Fondas

Still, irksome workplace norms and beliefs remain, creating unnecessary stress and high hurdles for mothers. Scholars have been describing and studying different parts of this problem for years. Taken together, their research points to an anti-wish list for mothers.

When Was The Last Time A Male CEO Was Asked How He Would Handle A New Baby?

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 09.04.2015 | Women
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Here's the question that must be asked: Why are we questioning Marissa Mayer's personal decision about how to balance her work and family lives when too few people have this option at all? The last time a male CEO was asked questions about how he would balance having a new baby and with work was never.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women's Issues

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.29.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest?

The Status Quo Isn't Working for Women in America

Carly Fiorina | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Carly Fiorina

For a lot of women in this country, the status quo means trying to earn enough for your family while spending less and less time with them. It means living paycheck to paycheck while praying you don't get sick. The political classes of both parties have failed women and working families in this country.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

Working Mother Heads To Washington, D.C.

Regan Long | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.