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Paid Family Medical Leave Shouldn't Be A Luxury #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
Twenty years ago, Congress passed the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), mandating that certain employees receive job-protected unpaid leave to care for an immediate family member, a newborn, or a newly adopted child. Signing the law on February 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton said, “Family and...
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Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law Would Help Employers Do Good and Do Well #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
When fast food workers bravely took to the streets in September to protest the unlivable wages that many earn, the media shone a spotlight on the exploitative and unsustainable practices of some large employers. But while these unscrupulous businesses deserve all the attention they are getting,...
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Take It From Moms: America’s Families Need the FAMILY Act

December 12, 2013
Stephanie was the sole breadwinner for her family when her twins were born three months early and had to be hospitalized. The Wisconsin mother did not have access to paid family leave through her employer, and she couldn’t afford to lose any income by taking unpaid leave. So she went back to work...
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Introducing the #FAMILYAct: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

December 12, 2013
At MomsRising, we hear from our members every day about how lack of access to paid family leave (including maternity and paternity leave) has created economic instability for their families. But it’s not surprising that we hear from so many people: In the U.S., only 12 percent of workers have...
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TAKE ACTION: Sick days save lives

December 12, 2013
Winter is on its way and it's bringing the flu. There are many things we do to try and protect our families from flu. We get vaccines, we wash our hands, we convince the little ones in our lives to sneeze or cough into their elbows... but oftentimes we can not do the simplest and best thing we...
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TAKE ACTION: Go time for paid family leave

December 9, 2013
Guess what? It’s "go time" for paid family leave! Two weeks ago I wrote to tell you that Congress was soon introducing a paid family leave bill, including maternity/paternity leave, called the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act). You can read more about this below. Now, the time has...
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Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

November 26, 2013
A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992,...
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STOP PA HB 1807

November 20, 2013
How much do you value the workers of PA? Each work day, I drop off my 2 year old at her daycare so that I can go to work. They make sure that she is safe, fed, gets exercise, learns her colors, and interacts (nicely) with other children. In other words – what they do is priceless and enables me to...
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Bringing Dads to the Table…and the Home

November 20, 2013
Cross-posted from A Better Balance's Blog. At first, Josh Levs thought his employer’s policy on paid family leave was a simple mistake. His company, Time Warner, offers new mothers ten weeks of paid time off after giving birth. Women and men who have children through adoption or surrogacy also...
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TAKE ACTION: Plus baby, minus paycheck?

November 19, 2013
“When I had my first child I had to return to work within 3 weeks. I was teaching High School science…I only had 2 weeks of paid vacation so I used all of it. I only had a third week off because my daughter’s birth came at spring break.” – MomsRising member Holly from Colorado Unfortunately, Holly'...
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