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Research Library: Work and Family

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Work and Family Agenda for the 113th Congress

Every day, workers in the United States struggle to meet the demands of work and family because their workplaces lack basic family friendly policies. It is past time for workplaces to reflect the needs of today’s families, which include the ability to care for children, family members and elderly relatives while being productive, responsible employees.


Coalition Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in Opposition to H.R. 1406


North Carolina Justice Center & the Working Families Flexibility Act, H.R. 1406

I am writing to voice the North Carolina Justice Center’s concerns about the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406), which allows employers to offer comp time instead of time-and-a-half pay to hourly, non-supervisory workers who work over 40 hours per week.


Written Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, National Partnership Senior Advisor, on H.R.1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act

Submitted to the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing on H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act


The Misnamed Working Families Flexibility Act: 9 Key Flaws and A Better Solution

The Working Families Flexibility Act, to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives the week of April 8, 2013 by Martha Roby (R-AL), claims to give working men and women in hourly jobs more time with their families by allowing them, through an agreement with their employer, to choose paid time off as compensation for working more than 40 hours in one week (“comp time”). This proposal is one of the centerpieces of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s “make life work” agenda.


Paid Sick Days Lead to Cost Savings for All

FACT SHEET | A fact sheet on how paid sick days lead to reduced government spending, savings for employers, economic security for families and a stronger economy.


Women of Color Need a Paid Sick Days Standard

Every day, millions of workers in the United States are forced to jeopardize their wages and their jobs when they become sick or need to care for a sick child or loved one. For women – and particularly for women of color – the inability to earn paid sick days can have devastating consequences.


Sherfel v. Newson Issue Brief

Wisconsin workers should be able to exercise their rights to paid leave under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act. But does the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act nullify a provision of Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act that permits workers to substitute employer-provided paid leave for unpaid leave?


Guia para la Familiares y Medicas (FMLA): Preguntas y Respuestas

A principios de 1993, el Presidente Clinton firmó la Ley sobre Licencias por Razones Familiares y Médicas (Family and Medical Leave Act - FMLA), con la cual culminó casi una década de lucha por promulgar una legislación que permitiera a las personas ausentarse del trabajo para cuidar de sus familias o de sí mismas. Esta Guía explica únicamente cómo funciona la FMLA, una ley federal.


Updating the Family and Medical Leave Act

FACT SHEET | An assessment of the historic Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that includes an explanation of the law and reasons and opportunities for amending it.


A Look at the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Employee and Worksite Surveys

A Look at the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Employee and Worksite Surveys


2013 Work Family Strategy Council Federal Policy Agenda

challenges as personal and individual, but the reality is that nearly all workers – whether old or young, married or single, parent or not – will face urgent personal and family needs at some point in their lives. Children are born, elderly relatives need care, childcare needs arise, and yet there’s no national standard for addressing these challenges.


National Partnership for Women and Families 2012 Election Eve/Night Omnibus Nationwide Poll Results

How important is it to you that Congress and the President consider new laws to help keep working families economically secure, including ensuring workers the right to earn paid sick days and creating a system of family and medical leave insurance - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?


Women of Color Need a Paid Sick Days Standard

Every day, millions of workers in the United States are forced to jeopardize their wages and their jobs when they become sick or need to care for a sick child or loved one. For women - and particularly for women of color - the inability to earn paid sick days can have devastating consequences.


National Partnership Comments to DOL on Military Leave Provisions of the FMLA

On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the National Military Family Association and the undersigned organizations, we thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to legislative expansions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).


Paid Sick Days Are Necessary To Manage Chronic Illness

Nearly one in two people in the United States have a chronic medical condition that requires regular care1 - and chronic conditions are becoming more prevalent. At the same time, more than 40 million U.S. workers don't have access to paid sick days to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or manage chronic illnesses.


Paid Sick Days: Good for Business, Good for Workers

Businesses benefit when their employees have access to paid sick days. When sick workers are able to stay home, the spread of disease slows and workplaces are both healthier and more productive. Plus, workers recover faster from illness and obtain timely medical care - enabling them to get back to work sooner and holding down health care costs.


Dads Expect Better: Top States for New Dads

This special report, Dads Expect Better: Top States for New Dads, focuses specifically on the states in which existing family friendly leave policies include new fathers, providing them with the support they need to care for their families.


Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2012)

Across the political spectrum, more of our nation’s leaders acknowledge that 21st century families face significant challenges in meeting their responsibilities at home and on the job.


State Family Leave Laws that are more comprehensive than the FMLA

The federal FMLA applies to employers with 50 or more employees. Because of this threshold requirement, 40% of private workers are not covered by the FMLA. Several states that have their own FMLAs have lowered their threshold to cover more workers.


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