Paid Sick Days

Making Women’s History: From Patsy Mink to Paycheck Fairness

Posted April 8th, 2014 by

I was a bit surprised by the lack of coverage for Women’s History Month this year, particularly in the state where I live, since so many women who improved the lives of working families were pivotal to Hawaii’s history. It is essential that we continue to remember these women. While many people are aware of [...]

76% of Food Service Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days

Posted March 4th, 2014 by

Hispanic Workers are the Least Likely to Have Access New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that access to paid sick days is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with substantial differences by race/ethnicity, occupation, earnings, and employment status. Analyzing the National Health Interview Survey, IWPR found that 61 percent of [...]

Rep. DeLauro for #DoubleBooked: It’s Time for Paid Leave

Posted February 20th, 2014 by

Rep. Rosa DeLauro represents the Third District of Connecticut and serves as Senior Democrat on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. She has been cancer-free for 28 years.   In 1986, I received news that no woman wants to hear: I had ovarian cancer. Fortunately, my doctors had discovered it by chance [...]

America’s Scarlet Letter #FAMILYAct

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

We need paid leave and we need it now. Today we’re taking one giant step closer to that goal. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are introducing the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (the FAMILY Act), a bill to provide up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement to workers who need to [...]

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How the FAMILY Act Will Help Direct Care Workers, Their Clients, and Our Economy

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

Next Tuesday, December 12, will be an important day in the fight to help direct care workers and their families and other hard-working people in the U.S. On that day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will introduce the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), a national paid [...]

How Congress Can Deliver for Working Families: The #FAMILYAct

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

This post originally appeared on Human Rights Watch. When Samantha learned she was pregnant, she hoped for a healthy delivery, a happy baby, and a smooth return to work. Life did not go according to plan. Samantha had a C-section, and the wound got infected. She took eight weeks of leave from work, much of [...]

Paid Family Leave: We Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Our Families and our Jobs #FAMILYAct

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

This post was originally published on the AFL-CIO website. Only 12% of the workforce has paid family leave. While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—the nation’s only federal law designed to help working people meet the dual demands of job and family—has kept millions of people from losing their jobs when serious medical needs [...]

The FAMILY Act: A Long Overdue Investment in Our Families

Posted December 12th, 2013 by and

This blog post was originally published on A Better Balance Blog. When a family member is confronted with a serious illness, or when a new child is born or adopted, many American workers are forced to choose between their jobs and the well-being of their families. Even though most workers will experience the need to [...]

Breastfeeding, Health and Work: Why We Need the FAMILY Act Now

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

Breastfeeding has significant health benefits for babies – from protecting them from illness to reducing the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Children who were breastfed are less likely to develop asthma or become obese.  Breastfeeding is also associated with health benefits for women, including decreasing the risk of certain cancers.  Families that breastfeed [...]

Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That’s Good for the Economy #FAMILYAct

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

August marked the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); a groundbreaking law that has been used more than 100 million times, helping workers keep their jobs while they care for a family health crisis or a new baby.  Unfortunately, because FMLA leave is generally unpaid and has eligibility restrictions, [...]

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