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Paid Family Leave

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.

5 Ways to Retain and Support Working Mothers

Adrienne Partridge, Ph.D | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women
Adrienne Partridge, Ph.D

I conducted my doctoral dissertation research on stay-at-home mothers' experiences of career exit, stay-at-home motherhood, and career reentry. Each woman had her own experience and circumstance that led to her career exit. The good news is that there are ways that organizations can better retain their working mothers with the help of improved structures and policies at the governmental level.

Open Letter to CEOs Who Oppose Paternity Leave

Josh Levs | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

When families are allowed choices about which parent will stay home -- a choice that only exists with paid leave, businesses are able to hold onto their best employees regardless of gender.

Hard Work With Jeb Bush

Dean Baker | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

In describing his economic agenda last week, Republican president candidate Jeb Bush said that "people need to work longer hours." While he quickly tried to walk this one back, there can be little doubt that Mr. Bush meant what he said.

The Kitchen Table Rules the World

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the many candidates vying for the GOP nomination have not come out in support of paid family leave

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

What a Feminist Dad Wants For Father's Day

Jacob Feinspan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Jacob Feinspan

I want my little boy, and his big brother, to grow up in a world of real gender equity. Of equal pay for equal work. Where moms are proud of their work both out in the world and at home -- and where dads get credit only when we take on a fair share of parenting.

This Father's Day, Let's Ensure All Parents Have Access To Paid Family Leave

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

I'm proud to be a Senator, but I'm even prouder to be a dad. This Father's Day, let's embrace true family values and push for fair, inclusive family leave that will make our economy work better for everyone.

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

Nobody should forget that paid leave is a family issue -- not just a women's issue. Men, like women, want to be good parents and good caregivers for their families. Yet the vast majority of men don't have access to supportive workplace policies that would enable them to do so.

Top 6 Things Fathers Should Know About Their Workplace Rights

Dina Bakst | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Dina Bakst

If you're still struggling to find that perfect gift, forget the necktie and send dad this list -- something he can actually use at work.

Arthur Delaney

Bernie Sanders Wants To Bring Back Your 40-Hour Workweek | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thinks Americans may have forgotten about the 40-hour week. "A hundred...

What Do Paid Leave and a Box Full of Kittens Have in Common?

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Paid family leave is as popular as vanilla ice cream and a boxful of kittens. In a CBS-New York Times poll from late last month, 80 percent of people support a paid family leave law and 85 percent believe we should have paid sick leave!

My Run for Office in Hawaii: Why Call It a House When There Are So Few Mothers In It?

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 06.09.2015 | Hawaii
Shay Chan Hodges

I'm very glad I threw my hat into the ring, and I hope I not only brought attention to legislation that working families need, but also to the fact that our state is losing out by not fully utilizing the creative and intellectual capacity of all our residents.

The Robots are Coming: How a Caring Economy Is the Best App for a Shrinking Job Market

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The tech and automation job-quake is finally gaining attention, with predictions that nearly half of American jobs will be lost within a couple of decades. Yet too many leaders still avert their eyes, making decisions through a rear-view mirror rather than planning for a horizon already upon us.