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The Only Industrial Nation Without Parental Leave -- Worst Yet To Come?

Alev Dudek | Posted 02.07.2017 | New York
Alev Dudek

The USA, compared to other industrial nations, is among the worst in regard to protecting and improving the well-being of children and families.

Rewrite the Rules: Crowdsourcing Better Paid Leave Policies

Heather Whaling | Posted 01.09.2017 | Women
Heather Whaling

When my son was born, he spent 13 days in the NICU. I was by his side all day, every day -- spending as much time with him as the doctors and nurses w...

Ikea Is Giving Its Employees Up To Four Months Of Paid Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.06.2016 | Business

The furniture giant Ikea is rolling out a paid parental leave plan that’s likely to be the envy of workers in the American retail space. According t...

Chobani To Start Offering Paid Family Leave To All Its Employees

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.06.2016 | Business

Starting next year, workers at yogurt maker Chobani will be eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave when they have a child ― and it won’t ma...

Working Mom Gets Emotional Surprise In Job Performance Review

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.05.2016 | Parents

Returning to work after maternity leave can be challenging in big and small ways. But having support from your employer, co-workers, friends and famil...

What Is 'Family-Friendly,' Anyway?

Robin Hardman | Posted 10.03.2016 | Media
Robin Hardman

October is National Work and Family Month, and I've been thinking: What does it mean for a workplace to be “family- friendly”? Actually, since on...

Grad Students Deserve a Seat at the Table

Robin Hoecker | Posted 09.02.2016 | College
Robin Hoecker

In a response to the recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board that allows graduate student workers to unionize, Northwestern University reacted by saying, "Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address concerns raised by graduate student assistants."

12 Weeks Of Motherhood Was Just Enough Time

Whitney Lloyd | Posted 07.07.2016 | Parents
Whitney Lloyd

Midway through my maternity leave, my daughter was asleep in her bouncer as my son and I laid on our backs on our trampoline, looking up through the leaves into the sky. I remember thinking at that moment how many times my own mother must have sat in this very backyard and watched my brother and me play.

Everyman's Guide to Supporting Paternity Leave at Work

Kenneth Matos | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Kenneth Matos

The significant benefits of paternity leave have been well-established for children, mothers, and the economy. These findings have shifted the justifi...

Celebrating Fathers

Catherine Tinsley | Posted 06.14.2016 | Women
Catherine Tinsley

What matters for childhood development is that parents share everyday child-rearing and household activities. Surveys documenting how parents spend their time continue to show a strong gender gap. How can we fix this? And how can we stop the cards and advertisements that not only promote an antiquated view of gender labor, but in doing so suggest that this view is an acceptable assumption to make?

I'm a Startup Founder Who Is About to Become a Dad. Here's Why I'm Taking Two Months of Paternity Leave.

Tomer London | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
Tomer London

Becoming a parent is a celebration. All of a sudden you and your partner take on this incredible responsibility over someone's life, and that experience changes your family forever. However, sometimes the sheer beauty of it all can get buried.

Helping New Moms with--Wait, a Vending Machine?

Robin Hardman | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Robin Hardman

At the sprawling Johns Hopkins University and Health Care System, support for breastfeeding employees is not just a one-off policy or accommodation, ...

This Big Law Firm Just Stepped Into The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business

The Chicago-based international law firm Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday that it is creating a gender-neutral parental leave policy, as well ...

Nike Is The Latest Company To Ramp Up Parental Leave

Reuters | Jenny Che | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business

Full-time U.S. employees of Nike Inc. who are new parents or who are needed to care for sick family members are now eligible to receive eight weeks o...

Parental Leave Gets A Boost From Tech And Finance

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business

Parental leave hit a tipping point last year, as numerous big-name firms expanded paid time off for new moms and dads. But top-notch benefits are stil...

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...

Campbell’s New Leave Policy Is A Big Step Even If It Isn’t The Best

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business

Years ago, when Denise Morrison told her boss she planned to take a temporary leave from work to have her first baby, she knew this wouldn’t be welc...

What Would It Cost to Have Mandatory Parental Leave?

Meridith Dennes | Posted 04.20.2017 | Politics
Meridith Dennes

It's no secret that the United States is the only developed country that does not guarantee paid parental leave for new parents. It's also embarrassing. Although there has been some movement to get more parents paid leave many companies are still reluctant to make it a reality.

A home run for success at work and at home

Karyn Twaronite | Posted 04.16.2017 | Business
Karyn Twaronite

Last month, White Sox player Adam LaRoche walked away from a multimillion dollar baseball career after his boss told him he could no longer bring his son to work. People were quick to criticize Adam's bold decision to put #FamilyFirst, with one fan even going as far as to call him a "selfish quitter."

The End Of Maternity Leave As We Know It?

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 04.14.2016 | Business

Another big company just effectively got rid of “maternity leave," making its parental leave policy the same for men and women. Consulting firm Erns...

The Case for 12 Weeks Minimum Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 04.13.2017 | 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.

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...

Listen Up! When it Comes to Happy Working-Parent Employees, Communication Must Be a Two-Way Street.

Krista Moatz | Posted 03.23.2017 | Business
Krista Moatz

Let's set the record straight. We often hear debate about working parents "having it all," but I don't think we can have it all, or that we necessarily want to. I think we have to determine what we want and then try to figure out a way to adjust our lives, schedules, and/or careers accordingly.

Moms Are Resorting To Crowdfunding To Cover Unpaid Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents

It's no secret that the U.S. lags far behind other countries when it comes to paid maternity leave. But the lengths American moms must go to in order ...