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Guest Post: A Call for Reform – FMLA Didn’t Work For Me

February 17, 2013
As the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act focuses attention on how unnecessarily hard it is to be both a worker and a mother or other family caregiver, Danelle Buchman writes of her own experience. She was a part-time employee at a organization too small to be covered by FMLA when she...
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My Valentine Invitation

February 15, 2013
This February contains a plethora of important events - almost too many to name. There’s Valentine’s Day, the start of the new Congress, the State of the Union Address and several significant opportunities to look back and honor those who have come before us, including celebrations for American...
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Know Your Rights: The Family and Medical Leave Act

February 12, 2013
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – the nation’s first and only federal law that helps women and men meet their responsibilities at home and on the job. And even though the law has been a huge success, new data from the Department of Labor reveal that...
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Happy Birthday to the Family Medical Leave Act!

February 11, 2013
Wonky Washington is making merry about the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Family Medical Leave. This was the federal law that required some employers to allow some employees to take up to 12 weeks away from work, without pay , to deal with the birth or adoption of a child, a...
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Labor Leaders and Working Women Celebrate 20 Years of The Family and Medical Leave Act! A Blog Carnival For One of Our Country’s Most Cherished Laws

February 8, 2013
This blog carnival was updated several times, including on February 6, February 7 and February 8, 2013. You read that right. Its been 20 years since the United States passed job-protected, unpaid family medical leave for families to care for themselves during time of illness, or to celebrate the...
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Celebrating FMLA: But We Can’t Wait 20 Years to Fix It

February 8, 2013
This blog post originally appeared at the Coalition of Labor Union Women . It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the Family and Medical Leave Act became law. The Coalition of Labor Union Women was an active proponent for years, and passage of family and medical leave was a critical...
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Making the Workplace Friendly for Everyone’s Familia

February 7, 2013
Photo: Margaret W. Nea, Bread for the World Have you ever had to choose between keeping your job and caring for a sick family member? Not really a fair choice, is it? Unfortunately, for many people, and Latinos in particular, being a responsible employee and being a good family member are mutually...
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FMLA: An Essential Piece of the Puzzle

February 6, 2013
As breastfeeding advocates, we know the incredible impact the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has had on millions of families across the nation. Day after day moms come forward ready to share the story of their breastfeeding journey, telling of the barriers they faced and the ways they overcame...
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FMLA 20 Years On: A Disconnect That's Hurting Families

February 5, 2013
This column originally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog . Today is the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the first bill President Bill Clinton signed into law and the first national law ever to help workers meet the dual demands of work and family. In the two decades since...
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Member Voices: What Ancient Sparta Taught Me About Motherhood

February 5, 2013
Having a baby is not for the faint of heart. We women put our physical safety on the line to be pregnant and deliver a baby -- even American women, who have access to the most highly educated of medical professionals, the most advanced of medical technologies, and the most gleaming of sterile...
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