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Why Parents In The U.S. Have A Way Bigger 'Happiness Gap' Than Other Countries

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents

Social research has long pointed to a parenting "happiness gap" -- that is, the idea that parents are not as happy as adults without children -- which...

How Obama's Presidency Has Been A Victory For Working Parents

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

As President Barack Obama approaches the end of his second term, there's been much discussion of what his legacy will be. While much of that debate fo...

50 Companies That Love New Dads

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business

These days, you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg to get great paternity leave. Companies are offering new dads more time off than ever before, accor...

Even In Work Benefits, Black And Latino Workers Lose Out To White Peers

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Business

When it comes to paid leave, the situation in America is dire for everyone -- but it’s worse for people of color. A new report from the Center for A...

Women on the Train: Life, Stress, and the Workplace

Sabrina Schaeffer | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
Sabrina Schaeffer

The fact is women are not all the same - and their needs and preferences for work life aren't the same either. If we really want to see women advance in the workplace we must insist that government take a step back, allow businesses to grow and create jobs, and give women (and men) every chance to enter the workforce, gain experience, and find jobs that fit their needs.

The Case for 12 Weeks Minimum Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Ellen Bravo

The U.S. stands alone among industrialized countries in having no national paid leave policy. Only 13 percent of workers here receive such a benefit through their employer. While many companies do a terrific job, at least for mothers who give birth, most do very little.

It's Time to Stop Claiming Businesses Oppose Paid Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
Debra L. Ness

When organized big business groups pour resources into blocking paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, a higher minimum wage, and other worker friendly policies, they are pursuing a policy agenda that many of the businesses they claim to represent do not support.

When You’re Back To Work Three Days After Giving Birth

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business

America is facing a national crisis. It is the only developed country in the world that doesn't offer paid time off to new parents -- and moms and dad...

San Francisco Passes Landmark Parental Leave Law

NYT | Alana Horowitz | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the United States to approve six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — mot...

A Federal Budget That Connects the Dots and Works for All

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The debates have exposed many attacks on the federal government. But in the midst of all the shouting, the candidates' vision of what the federal role should be is not always clear.

How Republicans Are Blocking Local Minimum Wage Hikes

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

Republicans in the Alabama legislature apparently don't trust the state's cities and towns to govern themselves, at least when it comes to the minimum...

Obama Has A Plan To Give Paid Leave To 828,000 Workers

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

More than 800,000 U.S. workers may be getting more paid sick leave on their jobs, thanks to a federal rule outlined by the Labor Department on Wednesd...

We Need Laws That Support Our Families

Ellen Bravo | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The hearing room at the DC City Council was packed on February 11, the witness list longer than council members could remember having seen before. All but a handful of people had come to testify in support of the Universal Paid Leave Bill.

Why Company Culture Is Essential to Paid Leave

Jennifer Owens | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

Bloomberg, Accenture, Spotify, Netflix, Vodaphone and eBay are just a few well-known employers that earned kudos in 2015 as they ratcheted up their paid leave offerings, prompting others to review their own policies, looking for ways to compete for top talent. And thus, the cycle continued.

Americans Need More Paid Leave

Tom Spiggle | Posted 05.05.2016 | DC
Tom Spiggle

I write this letter in strong support of the Universal Paid Leave Act. As an employment attorney, a small business owner covered by the Act, and a father of four, I have a unique perspective on the bill and its impact.

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

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) made an uncharacteristically emotional case for a paid leave program in his state on Wednesday, speaking about his fath...

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 Thursday, Hi...

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 six...