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Research Library: Work and Family

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Paid Leave Factoids

Only half of first-time mothers take any type of paid time off (including saved sick leave and vacation time) around their child’s birth, indicating that paid leave is not available to many women who need it. This proportion has not changed significantly in nearly a decade, and disparities by education level are striking.


Paid Sick Days Factoids

Women are increasingly their families' primary breadwinners and their families' caregivers. Yet 43 percent of women have no paid sick days.


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.


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.


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