Acting on an executive order introduced by President Barack Obama last year, the Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recently, outlining a strategy to secure paid leave for an estimated 828,000 federal contract workers, more than half of whom currently receive no paid sick days at all.
Last week, the NewsGuild of New York media union and The Nation magazine announced a six-year contract that will provide four months paid parental leave to The Nation's employees, regardless of their gender, and will also give employees a 25 percent pay increase over the life of the contract.
This Labor Day, the Obama Administration utilized the three-day weekend to take a step toward making the country a little more family-friendly.
This progressive policy also includes that parents can return to work then take additional time off as needed.
The FMLA update means employees in legal, same-sex marriages can take family medical leave to take care of their spouse even if they live in another state. The change could affect up to 118,000 spouses.
President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address placed an unprecedented emphasis on the central role women play in the economy, with more focus on social policy for women than in any State of the Union address in history.
President Obama has announced his intention to sign a Presidential Memorandum "directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child," and to grant up to seven paid sick days to federal workers.
Employees in Massachusetts and in the cities of Oakland, California and Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey will be able to utilize their newly mandated sick leave by 2015.
Election Day is tomorrow, November 4 - and this year, there is much at stake for women, people of color, and young people.
Some 100 million U.S. workers have enjoyed time off because of the FMLA, and most employers have reported no negative impact on business profitability or productivity because of the law.
Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released a joint report yesterday detailing the status of American women living in poverty, suggesting policies that would help millions of women become financially secure, and calling on the United States to "modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also...
On Wednesday, Rhode Island became the third U.S. state to offer a paid family leave program, which will make most of the state workforce eligible to take paid time off to care for a new child or a sick loved one. “It’s for those unexpected, serious health crises that people can’t plan for,” said Senator Gayle...