iOS app Android app

Paid Maternity Leave

Labor Secretary Perez: US Maternity Leave Isn't 'Serving Our Women'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents

In a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez echoed what he and other members of the Obama administration have been pushing for ...

Obama Administration Pushes Paid Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration wants to remind Americans that the United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave. ...

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

Carol Evans | Posted 08.24.2014 | 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.

On Mother's Day, Giving Women What They Really Deserve

Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Rep. Steve Israel

This Mother's Day, as we celebrate the women who sacrifice so much to support their families and give their kids a chance to live the American dream, we must demand that our leaders step up to the plate and do their part to lift up America's mothers.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows How Americans Feel About Paid Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

A majority of Americans support mandating paid sick leave for employees, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Seventy-four percent of Americans...

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.

Paid Sick Time - Crucial for Keeping Families Afloat, and Good for the Employers' Bottomline

MotherWoman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people come to work when they're sick. This is partly due to the fact that I caught bronchitis from a sick collea...

Impossible Decisions: Choosing Between the Job We Need and the Family We Love

MotherWoman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jennifer Shiao Page Last year, I made a career change and I'm now working for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. But prior to that I had an...

More Parental Leave at Yahoo Is Great for New Parents, But What About Exisiting Ones?

Jennifer Owens | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

Make no mistake, paid family leave is something every parent should have access to, but parenting is a marathon, not only a sleep-deprived sprint. For millions of working parents, flexibility is a key factor in the work-life juggle.

Sheryl Sandberg Is Half Right

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women
Madeleine M. Kunin

Women have to do more than advocate for themselves. They have to use their voices in the workplace to push for sensible family friendly policies that will make it more feasible for all working women to manage their work lives and their family lives without sacrificing one to the other.

The 2 Reasons I'm Leaning Back, Not Leaning In

Christina Anderson | Posted 05.06.2013 | Women
Christina Anderson

Wednesday Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launched the new social network LeanIn.org devoted to helping women encourage each other to "lean in" to their ...

'I Knew I Had To Find A Different Model'

Laura Rowley | Posted 05.06.2013 | Women
Laura Rowley

Leaning back against the counterweight of an unyielding work environment and into my own values, I was able to redefine success. And I learned that the unknown can be your friend, if you offer it your hard work and trust.

Katy Hall

Why Working Families Could Be Better Off In Sweden

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 02.21.2013 | Parents

When Australia passed a parental leave law in 2010, it left the U.S. as the only industrialized nation not to mandate paid leave for mothers of newbor...

A Holiday Message for Obama

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 02.05.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

In 1961, Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree. John F. Kennedy, meanwhile, started something else during that holiday season: On Dec. 14, he established the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

The Hardest Part Of Going Back To Work

The Huffington Post | Nancy Redd | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents

Workplace Wednesdays is a weekly column designed to shed light on what it's like to be pregnant and working in America, the only developed nation with...

I Was Fired When I Was 6 Months Pregnant And Ended Up In A Shelter

The Huffington Post | Nancy Redd | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents

Workplace Wednesdays is a weekly column designed to shed light on what it's like to be pregnant and working in America -- the good, the bad and the in...

WATCH: America's Missing Maternity Leave Policy 'A Human Rights Issue'

Posted 12.15.2012 | Parents

The United States has no mandatory paid family leave policy, making it one of just three countries in the world and the only country in the first-worl...

Why Is the U.S. Government Stuck in the Mud for Paid Parental Leave?

Carol Evans | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Carol Evans

The U.S. Congress needs to join the modern workday world and move legislation that will make new moms and dads more focused and less stressed at work with mandated paid parental leave. It's time.

Why Americans Need Longer Parental Leaves

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Trevor MacDonald

What Americans need is a set of laws, government programs and business practices that support babies and their families.

Taking Care of Our Working Moms

Olivia Ramsey | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Olivia Ramsey

The United States is the only industrialized country in the world with no national law mandating paid time off for new parents. In fact, we are one of only four countries in the world without such a law.

What Maternity Leave Was Really Like

Devon Corneal | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Maternity leave isn't a luxury (or it shouldn't be). It isn't a vacation during which women eat bonbons, watch TV and hit the spa. It isn't restful, peaceful or relaxing. It's a necessary time to reorient, heal, figure things out and learn how to keep this little person you just gave birth to alive.

Gay in America: Left Out of Family Leave

Janet Walsh | Posted 07.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Janet Walsh

If the love of your life had major surgery or a serious illness, you would want to be by their side. You'd want to take time off work without losing your job to give them the care they need. But if you're gay, you have no such right under federal law.

Mom Denied Maternity Leave After Using A Surrogate

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 04.18.2012 | Parents

Jane Kassim overcame huge obstacles to become a mother, but now she is facing a new challenge. The teaching assistant from South Yorkshire, U.K. has ...

New Mothers Get Surprising Salary Bump

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.17.2012 | Money

One company is rewarding the new mothers on its staff for coming back to work after maternity leave. Insurance Australia Group (IAG), one of Austra...

Working Parents Need Protections Now

Ann O'Leary | Posted 05.04.2012 | Parents
Ann O'Leary

Ever wonder what happens to a worker who becomes disabled for weeks from injuries in a car accident? Or the worker who has a baby but no maternity leave? Every day across America, workers are left to fend for themselves with no protections against lost income.