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Extraordinary: Facebook Says 'Not On Our Watch' to Poverty Wages, Family Unfriendly Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Wow. Today's announcement by Facebook marks the dawn of a new day in this country. At a time when federal lawmakers are dragging their feet on fair and family friendly workplace policies, corporate America is beginning to step up by adopting these policies voluntarily.

From Changing Diapers to Changing Policies

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

Recently, during a trip to Boston, I invited Emerge Massachusetts alumna and Boston City Councilwoman Michelle Wu to lunch. I was excited to meet her because I knew that her race and win were "historic"--Michelle was the youngest woman elected to the Boston City Council at 28 years old.

'Moms as Superheros' Mantra is Hurting Our Nation

Anne Weisberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Business
Anne Weisberg

We are a nation of working caregivers, with one in two children living in households were all adults are working outside the home. Yet, we still treat caregiving as a private matter, one that's primarily mom's domain.

Johnson & Johnson Now Offering Employees Up To 17 Weeks Of Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents

This week, Johnson & Johnson made an exciting announcement that will hopefully set a precedent for other major companies in the U.S. All employees who...

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

Microsoft Shows White House How To 'Lead On Leave'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

For the past several months, White House officials and Democrats in Congress have been using the bully pulpit to encourage more U.S. businesses to off...

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Every Other Industrialized Nation Has Paid Leave, Why Not Us?

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is working with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to make paid family leave for all American workers a reality, with a prop...

Dave Jamieson

Does Your Member Of Congress Offer Paid Maternity And Paternity Leave?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Continuing a push that began with the president's State of the Union address, Democratic members of Congress put forth a bill earlier th...

Maxwell Tani

House Democrats Want Republican Women To Help Pass Paid Leave Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Tani | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

Though GOP lawmakers generally panned the proposals in last week's State of the Union address, House Democrats are hoping that a coalition of Republic...

Gender Gap = Leadership Gap

Anne Weisberg | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Anne Weisberg

The World Economic Forum in Davos just ended, and with it came news that the gender gap in still alive and well, especially in the United States, which is ranked behind Nicaragua, Burundi and Latvia, just to name a few.

Men And Women Prefer Egalitarian Relationships -- If Policies Support Them

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 01.23.2015 | Women

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama came out in full support of paid family leave, an option that's currently unavailable fo...

Leaders Take Time Off for Children. What About the Rest of Us?

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

When high profile dads take time off for family, or at least say that's the reason, a host of headlines typically follow. It's big news when a head honcho makes such a decision.

Will Working Parents Finally Get The Paid Leave They Deserve?

Jennifer Owens | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

It is unconscionable that the United States is the only major country that does not mandate some form of paid family leave.

Dave Jamieson

How Obama Can Expand Paid Leave Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the White House began making its case for more paid leave in the American workplace. With the Republican-controlled Congre...

To Promote Women's Leadership, Don't Forget the Benefits Gap

Emily Baxter | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Baxter

Changing work culture, especially for high-earning women, means recognizing the value of caregiving and work-life balance. For women in hourly, low-wage work, it means changing cultures that see them as replaceable and also irresponsible when caregiving clashes with unpredictable schedules.

What it's Like to Be Part of the Longest Academic Strike in Oregon's History

Meaghan Emery | Posted 02.06.2015 | College
Meaghan Emery

I am a graduate student currently on strike in Eugene, Oregon. Our union is asking for fair wages and paid leave for medical emergencies or for the birth or adoption of a new child -- pretty basic, right?

A Working Mother's Response, on Behalf of Her Peers

Regan Long | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of working mothers in America, I will continue to highlight the necessity and urgency of this war that I pray we win. And I am prepared to have to fight this battle more than once to win it.

A Working Father's Response

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Thomas E. Perez

So much has changed in recent decades -- the influx of women into the workforce, modernizing gender roles, new family structures -- and it makes no sense that our laws haven't kept up with social and economic change. In the second decade of the 21st century, why are we still living by Leave it to Beaver rules?

Reasons to Celebrate -- and to be Vigilant -- this National Work and Family Month

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

All of this recent activity is worthy of celebration. At the same time, it is deeply frustrating to be reminded that women and their families are still fighting unfair workplace practices that were outlawed decades ago.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S....

American Business Should Take The Lead On Paid Parental Leave

David Hanrahan | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
David Hanrahan

The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks. The U.S. is one of only three countries (the other two are Oman and Papua New Guinea) to not mandate some level of paid parental leave at the federal level.

Labor Secretary Perez: US Maternity Leave Isn't 'Serving Our Women'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents

In a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez echoed what he and other members of the Obama administration have been pushing for ...

Obama Administration Pushes Paid Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration wants to remind Americans that the United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave. ...

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 'There's No Support' For Low-Wage Working Moms

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents

America is still "stuck in the 'Mad Men' era" in terms of supporting working mothers, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told HuffPost Live on Monday. ...

Dave Jamieson

Americans Believe Paid Vacation Should Be A Worker's Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans overwhelmingly support the idea of requiring large U.S. employers to provide their workers with at least some paid vacation ti...