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Research Library: Work and Family

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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.


Facts about the FMLA: What Does It Do, Who Uses It and How

The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one of the most significant advances for families in our nation’s history. More than 50 million employees have taken leave under the FMLA since it was enacted twelve years ago.


Policy Matters: Public Policy, Paid Leave for New Parents, and Economic Security for U.S. Workers

A rich and growing literature attests to the benefits that accrue to workers, families, businesses, and the public when workers have access to paid leave to care for a new child. Such benefits include lower likelihood of premature birth, improvements in breastfeeding establishment and duration, and higher likelihood of obtaining well‐baby care.


Paid Sick Days Benefit Children’s Health

Children inevitably get sick – and they get better faster when their parents care for them. Unfortunately, tens of millions of workers in the United States are not able to earn paid days to care for a sick child.


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.


Dallas Workers Speak: The Employee Case for Flexibility

The changing workforce in the United States and new business norms mean that employers and employees are searching for effective ways to promote flexibility. Like workers everywhere, the workers in the Dallas discussion group have a wide array of caregiving and personal responsibilities.


California Family Leave Act of 2002

Existing law provides for the payment of disability compensation for the wage loss sustained by an individual unemployed because of sickness or injury, and finances that compensation by means of employee contributions at specified rates to the Disability Fund. This bill instead would provide disability compensation for any individual who is unable to work due to the employee’s own sickness or injury, the sickness or injury of a family member, or the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a new child.


Pay Matters: The Positive Economic Impact of Paid Family Leave for Families, Businesses and the Public

Changes in the demographic composition of the U.S. workforce mean that more women and men are actively engaging in both paid work and care work. As of 2010, the percentage of children who had both parents (in married‐couple families), or their only parent, in the labor force reached 72.3%, an increase of 13 percentage points since the mid‐1980s.


New York City Workers Speak: The Employee Case for Flexibility Among Professional Workers

Some professional workers have successfully negotiated an array of flexible working arrangements, but many face significant barriers in accessing and utilizing the basic flexibility they need. Professional workers are often expected to work long hours and to be available after regular business hours.


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