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Research Library: Work and Family

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Paid Family and Medical Leave: An Overview

Nearly all workers need to take time away from work at some point to deal with a serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child. Laws providing paid family and medical leave allow workers to meet these needs without jeopardizing their economic security.


Older Adults and Caregivers Need Paid Leave

Paid family and medical leave (“paid leave”) allows older workers to address their own health needs without having to drop out of the labor force.


Standing Up for Women & Families in 2012

The National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and improving the well-being of our nation’s families.


National Partnership Comments to DOL on FMLA Surveys — November 2011

On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families and the undersigned organizations, we thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for comments on the proposed extension of the approval of information collection requirements for the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).


Healthy Families Act Coalition Letter to Congress

A 2011 letter urging members of Congress to establish a national paid sick days standard that would help working families meet their health and financial needs, while boosting business productivity and improving worker retention.


National Partnership Comments to DOL on FMLA Surveys — May 2011

The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for public comment. This letter responds to the Wage and Hour Division’s proposed information collection request for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) employee and employer surveys.


Comments on the Wage and Hour Division’s Proposed Information Collection Request

The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for public comment. This letter responds to the Wage and Hour Division’s proposed information collection request for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) employee and employer surveys. 76 Fed. Reg. 18254 (April 1, 2011).


Building Better Workplaces for Family Caregivers

Millions of Americans who are elderly, disabled, or chronically ill rely on family caregivers, as do our nation's children. Many of these family caregivers are struggling to manage both their caregiving responsibilities and the jobs they need to support their families.


Testimony to Expand FMLA

On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families, I am pleased to express our strong support for House Bill 2278, The Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act.


U.S. Department of Labor FMLA Report Highlights

The following selected findings were compiled and edited by Nicole Casta of the National Partnership for Women & Families from the U.S. Department of Labor report, Balancing the Needs of Families and Employers: Family and Medical Leave Surveys 2000 Update. These findings are based on two surveys: one representing all employees and one representing private-sector establishments.


2010 State Action on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid family and medical leave helps ensure workers can perform essential caretaking responsibilities for themselves, seriously ill family members, and newborn or newly-adopted children.


Valuing Families at Work: Priorities for Federal Action 2009

The national economic crisis is taking an enormous toll on families. The unprecedented job losses have made women’s earnings more critical to families and to the economy. For both women and men, losing a job or a paycheck today can be catastrophic and can add demands on already strained state services.


111th Congress: Work and Family Agenda

The 111th Congress Work and Family Agenda focuses on three areas: 1. Guaranteeing workers paid sick days for short-term, common illnesses; 2. Guaranteeing workers paid family and medical leave to care for longer-term, serious health conditions and to bond with new children; and 3. Correcting and expanding the FMLA to cover more workers.


Senate Bill for the Healthy Families Act in the 108th Congress

A bill to provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.


State Paid Leave Fund: Critical Support for Families and States

At some point, nearly all workers need to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness, or to care for a new child.


Paid Leave Protects the Economic Security of Working Families

At some point in their lives, nearly all workers will need time away from their jobs to attend to their own serious illness, care for an ill or injured family member, or welcome a new child. But in the current economic climate—and without public policies providing job-protected paid family and medical leave—most can’t afford to take the time they need without causing a family financial crisis.


Children Benefit When Parents Have Paid Leave

Parents need to be able to care for ill or newborn children. But the 21st century reality is that most parents work.


Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (H.R. 616)

Too many new parents and younger federal employees are forced to choose between their paychecks and caring for a new child because they have not accrued enough leave time, or have already used it to attend prenatal medical appointments.


Paid Family and Medical Leave: Securing Financial Stability and Good Health for Working Families

Just 11 percent of the workforce has access to paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than 40 percent of workers have access to personal medical leave through an employer’s temporary disability insurance program.


Letter in support of an appropriation of $23 million for the State Paid Leave Fund within the U.S. Department of Labor

We, the undersigned organizations, express our strong support for an appropriation of $23 million for the State Paid Leave Fund within the U.S. Department of Labor. Grants made from this fund will assist states in planning, startup and outreach activities related to paid family and medical leave programs.


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