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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On its 21st Anniversary, a New Guide to the FMLA

Twenty-one years ago today, the nation’s first – and only – federal law designed to help people manage the dual demands of work and family took effect. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

On Monday, hundreds of lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, administration officials and President Obama will gather for a historic White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Family Friendly Policy and Culture Changes Would Be the Best Father’s Day Gift

The gifts, greeting cards and time that will be shared for Father's Day are wonderful, heartwarming tributes. But lawmakers should pay tribute, too, with policy changes.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is here. That means that if you're like many people, you've recently spent some time asking yourself what your mother (or the mothers in your life) need. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Family Friendly Workplaces

For a country that claims to value families, the United States does little to show it when it comes to the workplace.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The FMLA at 21: What a Difference a Year Makes!

One year ago, we recognized the historic 20th anniversary of the FMLA and called on lawmakers to prioritize family friendly workplace policies. Today, on the law’s 21st anniversary, we can point to considerable progress. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing Women and Families in 2014

Following President Obama’s historic call for paid leave in the State of the Union, nearly 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall to discuss the need for a women’s economic agenda.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Employer Trends Signal Need for National Workplace Standards

CareerBuilder has identified seven employer trends that job seekers should keep in mind this year. The top trends create even more urgency for national workplace standards.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

From paid sick days and paid leave victories to the introduction of the FAMILY Act, 2013 was a year of great progress for America’s working families. And 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. 

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

We Must All Become Advocates

We can – and will – continue to make progress toward a more fair and family friendly nation by winning the fight for policies like the FAMILY Act. But it’s going to take hard work. And we must all become advocates. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Coalition “Rallies” in Support of the FAMILY Act

More than 400 organizations have joined together to push for passage of the FAMILY Act. To mark its introduction, coalition members published blog posts, issued press statements, wrote op-eds and more.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The FAMILY Act—Legislation the Nation Needs Now

We have been proud to partner with Working Mother in recent years to galvanize support for a national paid leave program. Today, we celebrate a tremendous and exciting step forward in that effort.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Take It From Moms: America’s Families Need the FAMILY Act

December 12, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Stephanie was the sole breadwinner for her family when her twins were born three months early and had to be hospitalized.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Rhode Island Legislature Makes Paid Leave History!

Today, the Rhode Island legislature became the third in the nation to pass a law that guarantees workers paid time off to care for seriously ill family members and new children.

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From the desk of ... David Uy

Family Leave Meant a Strong Start for My Son, My Family and Me

Eight years ago, our first son was born. Like many, I found becoming a parent to be an amazing, life-changing experience.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

“For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the U.S. Desperately Needs a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee some type of paid time off for employees, despite ample evidence that paid leave policies benefit workers, businesses, and the economy.

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