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New Report Signals National Emergency for Families

Ellen Bravo | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Ellen Bravo

The U.S. is currently the only major country in the world where mothers aren't guaranteed paid leave after childbirth -- forcing many to return to work before they are ready. Only 13 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid family leave through their employers.

One-Quarter Of Mothers Return To Work Less Than 2 Weeks After Giving Birth, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business

While high-end firms that employ the most well-educated and well-paid U.S. workers compete in a benefits arms race, too many working women a...

Carly Fiorina Has A Laughable, Dangerous Solution To The Paid Leave Problem

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

New mothers in the United States are often forced to go back to work just a few weeks after having babies. That happens because our federal governmen...

Leading on Leave, Hawaii as the "Ohana" State

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 08.13.2015 | Hawaii
Shay Chan Hodges

Only 12 percent of American workers have access to any paid maternity leave at all, and as a result, one in three new moms go back to work almost immediately after having a child.

Kirsten Gillibrand Hits Carly Fiorina For Opposition To Paid Leave

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) criticized GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina for her stance on paid leave. On Sunday, Fiorina said she would opp...

Plugged in at the Beach

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

Maybe a so-called 'workcation" is the answer for some people and some organizations? Employees only use half of their eligible paid time off, and according to a Harris Interactive Poll, 61% of Americans work while they're on vacation.

HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: Here's How To Keep Homeless Kids In School

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.17.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Emily Peck

Another Big Company Steps Up To Improve Maternity Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business

Primary caretakers who work at Nestle will get 14 weeks of paid leave.

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.

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.

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!

Thought On Paid Leave From A New Mother

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Women
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

After spending these last few months bonding with my child, my heart aches for working mothers who are not able to stay home with their newborns after staying up all night with them.

Our Kids Aren't the Only Ones Suffering From Inequality. We're Failing Our Parents Too!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Yes, by all means, let's talk about inequality of opportunity for our kids because that's where it all starts. But let's also remember that those kids grow up, and when they do, it doesn't get easier. The scars of childhood last a lifetime.

Sweden Just Made It So Much Easier To Be A Father

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

Sweden is a great place to be a dad, and the country is about to make things even better for soon-to-be fathers. Beginning in 2016, men in the coun...

Bernie Sanders Omits Key Democratic Priorities In First Presidential Campaign Speech

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

In case you didn't hear, self-described "democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders is running for president. The Independent from Vermont, who caucuses wit...

Making Paid Leave Big Enough to Matter and Small Enough to Achieve

Shifra Bronznick | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Shifra Bronznick

The spate of high-profile voices making the case for paid leave is generating awareness, but what will move people to action? In our work, which focuses on advancing women into leadership in the Jewish non-profit sector, we've discovered how to motivate leaders to adopt paid leave.

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 06.19.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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...