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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

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...

On Labor Day, Here Are 5 Ways To Help Labor

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics

Labor Day isn’t simply a time to fire up the grill and enjoy one last weekend of summer. It’s a day to think about the challenges facing ...

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 | 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.