National Partnership for Women & Families

Work & Family

Your family depends on you, and so does your employer. You have to make ends meet both at home and at work. And you need policies that reflect 21st century dynamics. We get it.

It’s time for our nation to show that it values families. All it takes is one major life event — a new baby, a serious illness, losing your job, a family crisis, some unexpected emergency — and everything can unravel. Where’s our economic security?

We’re fighting for you. At the National Partnership, we are proud of our storied history fighting for policies that help you meet the dual demands of work and family.

Other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) started providing  paid maternity leave more than 100 years ago. When will the United States get with the program?

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In the News

NYC Passes Bill to Guarantee Paid Leave for Domestic Violence Victims - Broadly

Vice President Vicki Shabo says the National Partnership has been advocating for the Healthy Families Act, a national standard "that guarantees all working people the ability to take time away from their jobs for personal illness, a family member's illness, to get health care services, and also to deal with the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking." Read More

Blog Post

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program. Read More

Resources

Paid Family and Medical Leave: An Overview

FACT SHEET | An overview of how paid family and medical leave laws work, where they exist in the United States, and why a national standard is important. Read More

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