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Even the Most Committed Workers Need Sick Leave

February 5, 2013
One year ago, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced a proposed rule change: The Flight Crew FMLA Corrections Act. Since that time, we've witnessed the near completion of this correction that will provide peace of mind and real protections for thousands of families. We celebrate the 20th...
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Make FMLA’s Promise Real—Together

February 5, 2013
On Feb. 5, let's celebrate 20 years of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since 1993, the FMLA has been used more than 100 million times, helping 35 million people keep their jobs and health insurance while caring for a family health crisis or a new baby. That's truly something to celebrate...
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Teachers Celebrate FMLA, But Our Work Is Not Yet Done

February 5, 2013
On the Family and Medical Leave Act’s 20th anniversary, it is impossible to overstate the law's value to working families and the dramatic impact it has had on public schools, educators, nurses, public employees and other professionals. Since the FMLA's enactment, more than 50 million workers have...
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Happy 20th Birthday, FMLA!

February 5, 2013
2013 is the year that the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) turns 20. For 20 years, the FMLA has been used to provide job-protected, unpaid leave for people across the country to recover from a serious illness, care for a new child, or care for a seriously ill spouse, parent, or child. Send a Happy...
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Disappointing Court Ruling for Pregnant UPS Employee

January 15, 2013
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals gave pregnant women and advocates a very disappointing decision last week. Peggy Young asked for light duty during her pregnancy, at her doctor’s recommendation. Her employer, UPS, denied her request even though it had a policy of giving light duty to a lot of...
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See you at the finish line!

January 6, 2013
Nearly 6 years ago, my husband and I decided to live on his income alone so I could stay home and raise our children. We knew there would be sacrifices to live on only one salary, but never did we imagine that my long term financial independence would be put in jeopardy. I'd always had good credit...
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What's the deal with the fiscal cliff deal?

January 3, 2013
On New Year's Day 2013, Congress listened to voices of millions of mothers and families and passed "fiscal cliff" legislation that makes the wealthiest in this country pay more of their fair share. Who helped win the day? You did! Our nation needs your help again. There is another Congressional...
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To Birth, Or Not To Birth?

December 30, 2012
It’s all about who is having babies – or perhaps more accurately, who is NOT having babies. The declining birth rate in the U.S. prompted much discussion, some of which you’ll find below. The only thing the writers agree on is that fewer women are opting to become mothers. Arguments differ as to...
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Congress: No Playtime Until You Do Your Chores!

December 30, 2012
We interrupt our regularly scheduled holiday relaxation to bring you a critical message: Moms (you!) are needed to help alleviate a severe case of Congressional foot dragging. No one can light a fire under slow-moving bottoms like moms! Why? Because if Congress doesn't act quickly, after 11:59pm on...
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There’s Still Time to Keep Kids From Falling off the Cliff

December 30, 2012
With New Year’s fast approaching, the “fiscal cliff” puts billions of dollars of critical investments for children at risk. If policy makers do nothing, millions of children could be pushed into poverty with the expiration of improvements to the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit...
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