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Family and Medical Leave Act

Mandated Paid Maternity Leave: It's Time to End the Divide Between the 'Haves' and the 'Have-Nots'

Carol Evans | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Carol Evans

There's a huge have/have-not divide between moms who receive paid maternity leave and moms who only receive either Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time (12 weeks of unpaid leave, which is mandated for companies with 50 or more employees and applies to about half of U.S. workers) or no job-guaranteed time away from work.

It's Time to Upgrade the Family and Medical Leave Act

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The absence of paid leave has left too many workers forced to choose between, for example, caring for a sick parent with cancer or paying the rent -- it's as basic as that.

Obama To Make New Push For Married Same-Sex Couples

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couple...

In the Fight for Gender Equity in the Labor Market, There is No "Other"

Anika J. Hermann | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Anika J. Hermann

These numbers are unconscionable. And they have dire implications. Leaving aside micro-level issues arising from women being economically dependent on men, wage gaps threaten large-scale economic stability.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Hey, GOP: Most Americans Support Raising Minimum Wage, Equal Pay For Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans support policies that would improve equality for women in the workplace, according to a new poll released Wednes...

Sabrina Siddiqui

There's A Serious Gender Gap When It Comes To Paid Time Off

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women are significantly less likely than men to receive extended paid leave from their employer, a new poll shows. In the last few ye...

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.02.2014 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Building off of the victories of last year, 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. In fact, America is already more family-friendly.

What Happened When I Didn't Have Paid Family Leave

Jennifer Owens | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

FMLA passed 20 years ago this year as a first step in protecting working families, not the last one. It's time to protect me, my family and all working Americans with the FAMILY Act.

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Princely Paternity Leave: Why Are We in Awe?

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Kathryn E. Livingston

Here's the thing. When men (and especially princes) take two weeks off to take care of their newborns, everyone applauds. But when an "ordinary" mom takes two weeks, two months, two years or 20 years "off" to raise her child, no one (or very few) bat an eyelash.

Is There a Daddy Equivalent to the Mommy Wars?

Barbara Lee | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Barbara Lee

Asking if men -- for whom societal structures have been working pretty favorably forever -- can "have it all" strikes a nerve with some women. Rightfully so. Perhaps it is because women are what's missing from this budding Daddy Wars conversation.

Lisa Belkin

First Father To Win His Right To Paternity Leave Speaks Out -- And He Isn't Happy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said that Jerry Cammarata sued the New York City Board of Education and won a ruling from the Equal Em...

Supporting LGBT Workers and Their Families in Times of Need

Jared Make | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jared Make

When illness strikes or a child is born or adopted, workers should not have to worry about losing a job or critical income. The LGBT community must join the call for paid leave laws and ensure that all workers have the support and time to recover from illness and care for their loved ones.

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality

Mothers, Working Families Aren't Fooled

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?

The Family and Medical Leave Act: 20 Years of Working for Working Families

Mary Beth Maxwell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Mary Beth Maxwell

Twenty years ago, Congress enacted into law a simple and fundamental principle: workers should not have to choose between the job they need, and the family members they love and who need their care. But what happens to workers when employers do not comply with the FMLA?

Making the Personal Political

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The Feminine Mystique is 50 years old; do you know where your equality is? Here's a hint: If you're a woman living in America, it's still pretty far out of reach.

When Family Leave Crosses the Aisle

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

It's time to expand unpaid leave to cover the 40 percent of all workers who are currently ineligible and to establish national family and medical leave insurance to meet 21st century workforce needs.

Laura Bassett

Bill Clinton Joins Push For Paid Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Twenty years ago on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires companies to grant their e...

20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family-friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

"Groundbreaking" is a word that's thrown around a lot, but this victory truly was. The FMLA is the first national law ever to help Americans manage the dual demands of work and family.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Then, Now and Next

Seth D. Harris | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Seth D. Harris

Today, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Department of Labor is releasing the results of a survey on the act's use and impact. Plain and simple: the act is still good for workers and their families -- and yes, it's good for business.

Celebrating Family and Medical Leave Act With Family Values

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Twenty years later, mothers and dads are still waiting. In the meantime, almost every other country around the globe has instituted a form of paid maternity leave. There is a tiny trio of countries that do not: Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States.

Woman Claims She Was Fired For Missing Work For Cancer Treatment

AP | By AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman who says she was fired after missing three months of work during treatment for breast cancer has sued her former emp...

Lisa Belkin

Bangladeshi Parents Have It, Why Can't We?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

What we should be debating is paid Family Leave.

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.