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Sheryl Sandberg's Bossy Ban Is Bossy: So What?

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

So let's start a bossy campaign to get higher wages for women; to get women into the nation's corner offices and political offices; to get paid family and sick leave; and to change the 1950s work model that just doesn't work for women or men today.

Creating Opportunities for American Families to Succeed

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 04.20.2014 | Hawaii
Sen. Brian Schatz

As two of only a handful of U.S. Senators with young children, we understand what it's like to be working parents with family responsibilities. It's not easy. And too many middle class families around the country are struggling because the system is rigged against them.

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...

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.

Raleigh Is Ground Zero for Families

Carol Joyner | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Carol Joyner

Recent repressive policies in North Carolina not only cut at the fabric of families, undermining their economic security and jeopardizing their health, but also seek to disempower voters who fight on behalf of family-friendly public policies.

Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

Linda Meric | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. But FMLA still has a long way to go.

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.

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.

Updates From My Inbox: New State and Local Work-Life Laws

Marcy Karin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Marcy Karin

Here's hoping the government at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- continues to address the mismatch of the way American workplaces are structured and the needs of American workers.

No Longer Leading: U.S. Lags Other Advanced Economies in Women's Employment

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eileen Appelbaum

It's past time to update the Fair Labor Standards and Social Security Acts for the 21st century. Today's workers need a minimum number of paid sick days in addition to a meaningful minimum wage.

Pregnant Women Need a Break

Carol Joyner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carol Joyner

Pregnant women in our country deserve better; their work has value and their children make up our future society. Think about your mom, your sister or daughter. It's beyond time that pregnant women get a break.

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.

Who Gets The Most Paid Vacation?

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

It's August again and in Europe that means "out of the office" messages, "closed" signs, and desolated streets. August 1st marks the unofficial start ...

Congress Should Give Dad a Break

Martha Burk | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The annual June Father's day shopping binge is at its zenith. Stores are touting the latest gizmos and geegaws, and everybody loves Dad. All except corporate America, that is. Just count the number of companies giving paid leave to men with newborns.

Ode to the Single Married Mom

Lori Sokol | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Lori Sokol

Essentially, just as the "afterbirth" (or placenta) is immediately discarded after childbirth so, too, is our country's support of an infant and mother immediately "after-birth."

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

If The U.S. Wanted To Say 'Happy Mother's Day,' It Would Do This

Katy Hall | Posted 05.10.2013 | Parents

Some new mothers may not have much time to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, as the U.S. is still the only industrialized country not to mandate pa...

What I Want for (Working) Mother's Day

Jennifer Owens | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

While these Working Mother's Day "gifts" may take effort, I'm no longer willing to wait for them. I do not want to have wish these gifts for my daughter; I want them now.

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?

Katy Hall

The Basic Work Perk Americans Don't Get

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living

Vacations have been shown to benefit sleep, improve mental health and productivity year-round, cut the risk of heart attack and strengthen connections...

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.

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.

Will Record Number of Women in the 113th Congress Improve Workplace Policies on Capitol Hill?

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 03.10.2013 | Women
Cara Woodson Welch

With record numbers of women in the 113th Congress, will we see more female chiefs of staff? Will having more women in leadership positions result in better workplace policies? Could all of that lead to a more functional workplace overall?