In a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday, nearly 200 businesses are calling for a permanent federal paid family and medical leave program to become part of any future economic recovery legislation passed by Congress. “We cannot emerge from this pandemic and remain one of only two countries in the world with no form […]
The Fight for Paid Leave Takes Center Stage in House Oversight Hearing
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), held a hearing yesterday on the critical lack of paid leave for employees who need to take time off to care for a new child, a sick family member, or their own health. Committee members and witnesses discussed the ongoing need […]
House Committee on Oversight and Reform to Hold Hearing on Paid Family Leave
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing tomorrow on the critical lack of access to universal paid family and medical leave across the country. Chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, sponsor of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, the committee will hear testimony from key witnesses regarding the impact and possible long-term […]
Gender Wage Gap Larger Than Previously Thought
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a new study that claims that women today earn only 49 cents to a man’s dollar, not the 80 cents previously stated. While the earnings gap between men and women has narrowed, progress in the past 15 years has decreased. However the study does not break the findings […]
Over 800,000 Federal Contract Workers Will Receive Paid Sick Days Under Proposed Rule
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.
The Nation Inks Impressive 6-Year Contract; Includes Paid Family Leave
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.
Obama Issues Executive Order for Paid Sick Leave
This Labor Day, the Obama Administration utilized the three-day weekend to take a step toward making the country a little more family-friendly.
Netflix Employees Now Have Access to One Year of Paid Maternity or Paternity Leave
This progressive policy also includes that parents can return to work then take additional time off as needed.
FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same-Sex Couples
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.
In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave
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.
Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey
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.
There’s A Lot at Stake for Women on Election Day Tomorrow
Election Day is tomorrow, November 4 – and this year, there is much at stake for women, people of color, and young people.
Family Medical Leave Act Turns 21 Today
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.
Shriver Report: Close Wage Gap, Provide Paid Leave to Improve Women’s Financial Security
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 to make it work better for everyone.”
Rhode Island Now Third State with Paid Family Leave Program
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 […]
FAMILY Act Introduced Today
If passed, the act will help millions of workers afford take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.