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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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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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Must Be Nice... Wish I Had a Kid

October 30, 2013
If you've not only heard about - but really thought about - the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance that was just passed in San Francisco, you know what we're getting at with this title. If you're still celebrating the legislation that will go into effect on January 1, 2014, you may want to stop...
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Paid Family Leave in California: All is not well

October 2, 2013
Update: On September 24, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 770, which will take effect of July 1, 2014. This bill will expand the definition of family for the California Paid Family Leave Act. On Jan. 9, 2012, Women's eNews published my article, " Paid Family Leave Pays-Let's Buy in This Year ." I...
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Labor Day Shines Light on Challenges, Courage of Low-Wage Workers

August 31, 2013
Shaniqua , a 20-year-old mother, works for McDonald’s in New York City, where she can rarely get 40 hours a week. She struggles to afford food, diapers, and other basics. Nick , a McDonald’s worker in Indianapolis, survives on $800 per month while caring for his chronically ill mother and disabled...
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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women’s Economic Security and Small Business Success

August 13, 2013
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference last month announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses. Congresswoman...
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What You May Not Expect When You’re Expecting

August 12, 2013
Co-written with Katherine Ullman. So you or your partner is pregnant. There are plenty of important decisions to consider: what will be the little one’s name? Will you share the name with friends and family or keep it a secret? What about gender? Do you want to know? Do you want others to know?...
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