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

December 12, 2013
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...

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The FAMILY Act: A Long Overdue Investment in Our Families

December 12, 2013
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...

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

December 12, 2013
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...

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

December 12, 2013
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...

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Bridging the Gap: Bringing the Benefits of Paid Family Leave to American Workers #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
This blog post was crossposted from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research FemChat blog . In its founding year, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analyzed the costs to workers of not having unpaid leave for childbirth, personal health needs, or family caregiving in its inaugural...

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The Ripple Effects of the FAMILY Act

December 12, 2013
This blog was crossposted from Family Values @ Work “Unintended consequences” – this is the term we hear all the time from lobbyists for mega corporations when they try to block new policies that would allow people to care for their loved ones and provide for them. “You’re well-intentioned,” they...

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The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 Must be Expanded to Provide Paid Leave #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
Will the US join the rest of the modern world – and California, New Jersey and Rhode Island – by supporting, with real policies, family values? That’s the question that the proposed expansion of family and medical leave raises. The extension to the act, to be introduced into the US Congress in...

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My need for Family Leave #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
I blog to help share my story so others who have been through it know they aren't alone and to educate those who haven't been through it. This is a topic that not only affects caregivers but parents, children and entire families. I think it's important for everyone to understand how interconnected...

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Making Work Work: We Need Paid Family and Medical Leave #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
This post originally appeared on the AAUW website . Since the Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law in 1993 , its job-protected leave has been used more than 100 million times to help employees recover from their own major medical situations or to care for loved ones. Because so many...

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Paid Family Leave Benefits All Families #FAMILYAct

December 12, 2013
Note: This blog is also set to appear with permission on MomsRising As a California working mother, I join parents and caregivers across the country in applauding the introduction of the FAMILY Act today. As part of an advocacy community that helped pass California’s Paid Family Leave law, I know...

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