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Paid Family Leave

Maria Shriver's -- and Bobby Shriver's -- Inconvenient Truth?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Shriver's tribute to California's Paid Family Leave law stands on its own. Signed into law in 2002 and implemented in 2004, it allows most employed Californians to take up to six weeks per year of leave from their job and receive up to 55 percent of their wages, up to a maximum.

Celebrating 10 Years of Paid Family Leave in California -- Now Let's Get the Word Out!

Maria Shriver | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Maria Shriver

This month California is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first-in-the-nation Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, which has helped more than 1.5 million parents. But despite the track record, too few parents are taking advantage of the program, and those parents who may need it most are least likely to sign up.

Laura Bassett

How The U.S. Is Failing Its Working Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Being a working parent is relatively tough in the United States, thanks to a lack of policies guaranteeing flexibility, paid leave and affordable chil...

On Father's Day, Remember the Power of Our Daughters

Greg Speed | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

Frankly, like many parents who frequently travel for work, I can't help turning my focus to my kids this time of year and the occasional guilt that comes from many nights away from home.

Mom's Equal Pay Day Highlights How Far We Still Have to Go

Linda Meric | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

Sunday may be Father's Day but June 12 is Mothers' Equal Pay Day, recognizing how far into 2014 moms must work to earn the same wages that fathers made in 2013 alone.

Laura Bassett

Fired Single Mom Asks Senate Why Women Don't Have Workplace Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Armanda Legros, a single mother in Queens, New York, was six and a half months pregnant with her second son in 2012 when she lost her jo...

Making the Road in New York: A Model for Work-Family Policy Change

Carol Joyner | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Carol Joyner

We need a living wage so workers can be effective on the job and at home. We need to close the wage gap so working women and minorities aren't discriminated against and have more money to spend as consumers. And we need paid sick days, which are not only morally right, but are sound fiscal and business policy.

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.

A Mother's Place Is in the House (and Senate)

Barbara Lee | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Barbara Lee

Let's celebrate with the same spirit as the women whose activism sparked the holiday in the first place. Let's celebrate by taking action. Support the women around us. Fight for family-focused public policy. Lift up women in office who are writing these policies, and elect more women like them. A card is nice. Change is better.

WANTED: Work-Life Professionals -- Study Reveals Employers Missing the Mark When Relying on Work-life Amateurs

Kathie Lingle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Kathie Lingle

The predominant take-away is that employers have taken to practice what can only be described as work-life on the cheap. The overarching message is that any program that costs money has been trimmed.

Happy 6th Birthday to New Jersey's Paid Family Leave Program

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Stephen M. Sweeney

For many families, caring for a loved one, whether it's a child or a parent, can be a difficult choice when measured against having to keep your job.

Is Anatomy Destiny at Work?

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

Everyday that a working woman leaves a little bit of herself at the door is a day in which her employer misses out on the fullness of her intelligence, creativity, contribution and collaboration. And when her employer misses out, we all lose something in the end.

Women Who Demand Equality Are Not Whiners

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jackie Speier

Out of touch comments from GOP lawmakers are a common occurrence, but having a woman call women who demand equal pay whiners is utterly sad and a new low. Minnesota State Rep. Andrea Kieffer made this absurd comment when she argued that the Women's Economic Agenda is "putting us backward in time."

It's Time For Paid Family and Medical Leave

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

In far too many cases, unpaid leave means families must face the stark choice between a paycheck and caring for a loved one. This is not a choice any family should have to make.

Are We There Yet? Going the Distance for the Family and Medical Leave Act

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The shifts in our economy have shown how easy it is to fall into poverty, and how hard it is to climb out. There is no upside to the fraying of the social safety net, no matter how some policymakers attempt to defend it. The consequences can be disastrous for families, disruptive to communities and a drain on the economy.

States Power the Movement for New Family-friendly Standards

Ellen Bravo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Why are opponents so concerned about local communities deciding what's best for the health and welfare of their residents?

Paid Family Leave Law Long Overdue

Tom Nides | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Nides

As a father of two in a family where both parents work outside the home, I know how difficult it is to be both a good parent and a good worker. The good news is that the FAMILY Act would be low cost for employers and employees.This policy is not just good for families and businesses -- it also makes economic sense.

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.

Shriver Report and Paid Leave: How Women Are Pushing Back From the Brink

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Who were the women Maria Shriver and her team talked to? Representatives of the 1 in 3 American women who live in or at the brink of poverty -- what Shriver describes as living in economic peril. That's a total of 42 million women raising 28 million children.

Laura Bassett

Congresswomen Pen Stinging Memo To House GOP

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Apparently fed up with their Republican colleagues' policy priorities, a group of Democratic congresswomen sent a scathing memo to the GOP on Friday t...

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.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Why We Need the Family Act

Carol Joyner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Carol Joyner

The bill would benefit millions of hardworking individuals and families across the country, many of whom have faced devastation as a result of not having paid family leave. These include individuals and families whose stories I will never forget.

National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Paid family leave insurance won't overcome all the obstacles that workers face when coping with a medical challenge. For the most vulnerable groups, however, paid time off for care will be time well spent.

New National Legislation Takes Important Lessons From California's Paid Family Leave

Ann O'Leary | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Ann O'Leary

California has led the way on an issue that touches every one of us. We know from this experience that giving families the time to care is not only the right thing to do, it's the right thing to do for our economy.