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Paid Family Leave

It's Time to Ask, Why Wouldn't You Support Paid Leave?

Ellen Bravo | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Many voters, who have made paid leave a priority, are asking elected officials and candidates my son's question: "Why wouldn't you support this?" Babies and cancer and ailing parents touch all of us. It's high time to make family leave available and affordable to every American.

Unpaid Family Leave Is Leaving the Sandwich Generation Behind

The Heller School | Posted 02.01.2016 | Fifty
The Heller School

Other countries offer their working parents family and medical leave that is of longer duration and at least partially paid. The U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we are amongst the 112 countries (out of 145) that do not provide paid leave away from work to care for adult family members.

Why Paid Leave in DC Would Be More Affordable Than You Think

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Heidi Hartmann

By allowing up to 16 weeks of paid leave, D.C.'s proposal is very generous--by U.S. standards--and has attracted national attention. The researchers' cost estimates ranged from $281 million to upwards from $1 billion annually. Why such a large range?

Paid Family Leave Laws Aren't Crushing Business, Despite What Ted Cruz Says

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

Paid family leave is finally getting serious attention in Washington and on the campaign trail, as politicians are waking up to the financial struggl...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Makes Emotional Plea For Paid Family Leave

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

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Hillary Clinton Sets Up A Fight With Bernie Sanders Over Paid Leave

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered new details about her plan to make sure all workers can take time off, with pay...

Time for Governor Cuomo to Go Big on Paid Family Leave in New York State

Amy Traub | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Amy Traub

Building a comprehensive paid leave system should form a core part of Governor Cuomo's 2016 agenda -- and like the other ambitious elements of that agenda, the governor should go big.

Sanders' Economic Plan Best for the 99 Percent

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Here's the bottom line: The middle class is in crisis, and Secretary Clinton's proposals merely tinker at the margins of that crisis. They would not shift the fundamental direction of an economy that is growing more unequal every day.

The Sanders-Clinton Spat Over Middle-Class Taxes Is About A Lot More Than Money

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics

One of the most substantive exchanges in the Democratic presidential debate on Dec. 19 occurred when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) challenged Hillary C...

$1.38 A Week Is At The Heart Of The War For The Democratic Party

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) agree that the United States shouldn't be the world's on...

It's All About the States

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Progressives need to build the infrastructure and the foundation at the state level to lay the groundwork for policy wins -- now is the time to dig deeper into the states. We must make progress now and over the long-term to help families make ends meet.

Working Parents Get Big Boost From New York City

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business

You can no longer get fired in New York City for needing to take your child to the doctor.  The New York City Council passed legislation on Wedn...

No More Domino Effect: Congress Must Renew the Tax Credits That Keep Families From Falling Down

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

The EITC and Child Tax Credit help stop the falling dominoes that add up to poverty by going directly to moms and dads who are working hard and spending their hard earned cash right in their local communities, giving local businesses and the economy a big boost.

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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