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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?

The Intended Consequences of Paid Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

As a nation, we hold strong families among our highest values. Yet for millions of Americans, being a good parent to their children or good children to their parents too often leads to financial disaster. A family and medical leave insurance program will go a long way toward changing that.

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 Is Done Pretending Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Exist

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton used to avoid uttering the name of her main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt...

2016 Candidates Are Finally Taking Paid Family Leave Seriously

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

For the first time ever in a presidential race, candidates are actually publicly debating paid maternity, paternity and family leave.  On Thursd...

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...

There's Something Missing In The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business

New York's women are on the verge of a huge win as the state gets closer to a $15 minimum hourly wage. That would be the highest of any state in the c...

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.

Paid Leave Policies Can Level the Playing Field for Small Business

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.29.2015 | Business
John Arensmeyer

While these findings may go against the narrative pushed by special interest groups, which holds that small employers are universally opposed to paid leave policies, they're not surprising if we look at the facts.

New York Doubles Paid Parental Leave For Some City Employees

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

New York City just gave some of its employees a nice little Christmas bonus. Starting Jan. 1, several thousand city workers will get an additional si...

Bad Burritos, Sick Employees and The Bottom Line

Kenneth Matos | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Kenneth Matos

The issue of presenteeism isn't just about an individual employee being ill and needing time off to recover, it is about protecting the health of other employees, customers and the business.

eBay More Than Doubles Paid Leave For Moms, Citing Basic Reality

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business

If you're working for a tech company that hasn't improved its maternity and paternity leave benefits this year, perhaps it's time to call up human re...

A Lot Of Americans Support Paternity Leave. Companies Are Catching On.

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.02.2015 | Business

The U.S. is catching on to the idea that fathers might want some time off to bond with a new baby.  Nearly half of Americans think companies sho...

What Americans Need to Know About Iceland

Eleanor LeCain | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Eleanor LeCain

I just returned from an international conference in Iceland celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote. What progress has been made in the century? What difference did women voting make? What remains to be done to achieve gender equality?

Mom AND Dad Both Work. Why Pretend Otherwise?

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

Only a quarter of two-parent households fit into that "Leave It to Beaver" model where the dad makes the money and the mom stays home, a new survey&nb...

Netflix Should Ditch Its Unlimited Vacation Policy. Its CEO Is Proof.

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

Reed Hastings takes six weeks of vacation, and he says it's to set an example for his company. So why doesn't the Netflix CEO just set a policy of si...

Domestic Violence Survivors Need and Deserve Workplace Support

YWCA USA | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
YWCA USA

More than 12 million women and men in the United States experience domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking by intimate partners every year - that's an estimated 24 people per minute. And while the physical and emotional harm survivors suffer is severe and grievous, the damage does not stop there.

Another Company Offering A Year (!) Of Paid Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business

This summer Melinda Gates urged companies to offer more parental leave to their workers. Now she’s taking her own advice. Late last week, the c...

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.

Want To Make America Great Again? Support Working Women.

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business

If Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and their fellow Republican presidential candidates truly want to make the United States “great again," there’s ...

IWJ Wins Bradford O'Neil Award for Social Justice From Dominican University

Rudy López | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

Good afternoon everyone. It is a real honor to be here with you today. I know it's a Tuesday but I want to take us to church for a minute.

Encouraging Progress on Paid Leave

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The United States is one of the few nations on the planet where paid family and medical leave or earned sick time is not the law of the land. In fact, only 12 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. Access to paid leave is particularly low among Hispanics, African Americans and low-wage workers.

Sorry, New Moms and Dads: Rubio's Paid Leave Plan Wouldn't Do Much

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Friday hailed the importance of paid family and medical leave. Then he offered a proposal that would...

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 Lobby Might Be Last To Realize Paid Leave Law Makes Sense

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business

Business school professors are taking a big stand in favor of a federal law for paid family leave, but business lobbying groups still veheme...