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Parental Leave

American Business Should Take the Lead on Paid Parental Leave

David Hanrahan | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
David Hanrahan

The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks. As these charts show, the U.S. is one of only three countries (the other two are Oman and Papua New Guinea) to not mandate some level of paid parental leave at the federal level.

Company Challenges Others To Offer Generous Parental Leave Policies

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents

On Monday, social change platform Change.org announced a parental leave policy for its employees that will offer all parents -- dads, moms, biological...

American Business Should Take The Lead On Paid Parental Leave

David Hanrahan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
David Hanrahan

The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks. The U.S. is one of only three countries (the other two are Oman and Papua New Guinea) to not mandate some level of paid parental leave at the federal level.

Why Some Wonkish New Parental Leave Rules Gladden My Heart

Robin Hardman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Robin Hardman

for those who believe that parental leave, for every sex, is good for everyone, it's not yet time to break out the champagne.

The One Thing That Would Help New Dads Become Better Fathers

Jeff Bogle | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

It's simple, really. There's one thing that would help new dads become better fathers: Paternity Leave.

More Parents Want To Work Outside The Home... But The U.S. Isn't Making It Easy

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents

Politicians, take note: American parents want to work outside the home. A recent Pew report revealed that the portion of mothers in the U.S who are st...

Employers Need to Do More to Help Maintain Careers of Employees With Babies

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

"Duty calls" has become "doodie calls."

What Is the Wage Gap Costing You Every Day?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Women choose to win lower wages just as much as they choose their gender, ethnicity or race. Making the assertion that the wage gap is somehow women's fault is not only sexist, it's racist too.

Parental Leave Policies Around the World: Which Countries Support Parents the Most?

VisualNews.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
VisualNews.com

As the majority of parents are now a part of the workforce, the decision to have a child often raises financial concerns. How much support a company will give new parents is largely determined by where they live.

U.S. Women: Not Exactly Number One

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

On one of the issues that polls highest with American women -- pay equity -- we sink even lower, to 67th, right below Yemen. We did beat out Saudi Arabia at 111th, no doubt because women in the U.S. are allowed to drive to work.

Dad's Viral Facebook Post Reveals The Truth About Paternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents

Tom Stocky works at Facebook, where new fathers get up to four months of paternity leave. He took his, and then went back to work on Monday. So, S...

Lisa Belkin

Breaking The Paternity Leave Barrier: The Rest Of The Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents

Some articles require more than just a correction. They call for an explanation. That’s the case with one I wrote last week about the first father t...

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...

Who's Your Daddy?

Jon Summers | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jon Summers

In the workplace, today's families navigate a process historically referred to as "maternity leave," a term that really doesn't apply to (a) adoptive families or (b) same-sex families where the couple happens to be male. Kyle and I brought both circumstances to the table.

"Comp-Time" in a Real-time World

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Overtime pay is not just to be kind to workers. It also counteracts the absence of a federal statute that sets a ceiling on weekly work hours. What's to keep an employer from routinely asking for 70 hours and firing employees if they refuse?

Class Privilege and Parental Leave

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

Without state support for early parenting, being present in those precious early months is a class-based privilege, one that ultimately exacerbates the very class disadvantage that creates unequal access to the luxury of parenting in the first place.

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...

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.

Why Men Need to Leave Now

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

Taking care of the little bundle isn't a female thing. It's a parent thing. But if men continue to back down and employers persist in dissuading fathers from taking leave, children will remain a "women's issue," which can be detrimental to both men and women.

Gay Parents In Australia Now Eligible For Same Rights As Heterosexual Couples

Posted 10.01.2012 | Gay Voices

Thanks to a new scheme enacted by the government, gay parents in Australia have been granted the same rights as heterosexual couples and will be fully...

The Best Places in the World to Have a Child!

Ilan Dar-Nimrod | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Ilan Dar-Nimrod

It is ironic that the individuals who champion family values and cry it from mountain tops left and right (mostly right) are the ones that are conspicuously absent when it comes to providing families with such an important provision as a decent parental leave.

Making Work-Life Policies Equitable for All

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
Laura Carroll

For flex-time, leave and even telecommuting policies to be fair for all, parenthood has to stop being the central focus behind their development. Here are three ways these kinds of policies could be made more equitable.

Back to Work, with Cigars

Joan Williams | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Joan Williams

Things have changed little, if at all, for men. Companies of all sorts often offer illegally short paternity leaves, even companies without a history of blowing off other federal mandates.

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility: How Employers and Employees Can "Have it All"

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Madeleine M. Kunin

The challenge facing advocates for fair family/work policies is to provide evidence that these policies are money makers; they can boost the bottom line over the long term.  It's not as tough a sale as one might think.

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.