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Paid Maternity Leave

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?

Paid Family Leave Laws Aren't Crushing Business, Despite What Ted Cruz Says

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

Paid family leave is finally getting serious attention in Washington and on the campaign trail, as politicians are waking up to the financial struggl...

Here's The Latest Company To Improve Its Parental Leave And Sick Time Perks

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business

Electronic payment company PayPal Holdings Inc said on Thursday it will increase its paid maternity and sick leave programs and offer time off for U....

Parental Leave Revolution Moves From Tech To Banking

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business

As tech companies like Facebook, Netflix and Spotify up the ante on parental leave benefits, they're putting pressure on the staid world of banking t...

Facebook Announces Four Months Of Paid Parental Leave For All Employees

The Huffington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.27.2015 | Business

Less than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced ...

Hillary's Proposal For Paid Family Leave Will Likely Look Like This

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton has said she wants to make sure every working American can take time off, with pay, in order to care for a newborn or sick relative -...

More Free Stuff for Corporations

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans and the rich guys who imposed 35 years of stagnant wages on American workers now offer a prescription for easing this pain! More free stuff for corporations!

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...

Carly Fiorina Stood Up To Donald Trump, But She Isn't Standing Up For Women's Issues

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

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The GOP Has It Wrong on Paid Maternity Leave

Amy K. Dacey | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Amy K. Dacey

It's no secret that we as a country still have a long way to go when it comes to paid maternity leave. Right now the United States is the only advanced economy that does not have a paid maternity leave requirement. And it's not just paid maternity leave where we fall short.

Government Checks for Stay-At-Home Mothers Part II

Allison Chawla | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

Many people, no matter how hard they work, do not get the same opportunities as others. They don't get the best of choices. Others get no choice at all. Despite what many of us think or believe, having a choice is a great luxury.

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 ...

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...

Carly Fiorina Backs Maternity Leave Policy Worse Than Afghanistan's

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that she opposes changing federal law to require companies to provide...

Navy Expands Maternity Leave. Are Dads Next?

Josh Levs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Josh Levs

Obviously, military families make incredible, admirable sacrifices, and many personnel can't be allowed to leave for longer blocks of time. But if the Navy can part with new moms for 18 weeks after a birth, it can part with at least some new dads for more than 10 days total during the child's first year of life.

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.

What Moms Really Want for Mother's Day

Michelle Noehren | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

New moms deeply cherish the time they have with their newborns and should not have to worry about paying their bills while out on leave. They should not be forced back to work too soon. They should not have to delay pregnancy for years.

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...

Jonathan Cohn

Working Parents Should Be Very Happy About This Obscure Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

Something pretty remarkable happened late last month while the Senate was voting on the annual budget resolution. And it had very little to do with th...

An American Outrage: Having Babies on Sick Leave

Judith Barnett | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Judith Barnett

In attempting to maintain our status as a superpower, perhaps the United States should come to the realization that a woman does not have to be sick to have a baby.

What I Want U.S. Companies to Know About Maternity Leave

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

There are some high-level executives, business owners and heads of HR out there who just don't get it. They don't get the life cycle of a new mother and they don't get that the way things are going now in the world of maternity leave is costing businesses money and resources.

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.

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?

A Working Mother's Plea To The President

Regan Long | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

Tomorrow, I will miss the bonding experience that is nursing my baby. Instead, she will struggle to eat (she doesn't do well with the bottle) as I rush throughout my day to pump for her in a small, confined space. The thought of this alone makes my heart hurt and my frustrations rise.