National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Work and Family

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The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act

FACT SHEET | Too many new parents and younger federal employees are forced to choose between their paychecks and caring for a new child.

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Busting 10 Common Myths with Facts and Evidence

There is a growing body of evidence that shows paid leave is the right policy for workers, families, businesses and the country, but misconceptions and unfounded concerns can threaten progress.

Economic Security Issues for Women and Families on 2014 Midterm Election Campaign Websites

A memo summarizing the results of the National Partnership’s analysis of the campaign websites of all 2014 general election candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Expecting Better: Updates to the Third Edition

In just three months since the publication of Expecting Better, states have continued to make progress for working families. This update captures these essential and much-needed developments.

FAMILY Act Coalition Letter to Congress

On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the tens of millions of working families we represent, we urge you to become a co-sponsor of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013 (FAMILY Act).

La Guía de la Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Médica: Preguntas y Respuestas

La séptima edición de la guía de la Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Médica diseñada para responder a las preguntas más frecuentes sobre cómo la ley funciona y las protecciones que proporciona.

Schedules that Work Act Section-by-Section

Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2014)

REPORT | Expecting Better is a comprehensive analysis of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.

New York Paid Leave Memorandum of Support

A template that organizations can use to show support for the NY paid leave bill S.4742 B.

New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Act Fact Sheet

A fact sheet prepared by A Better Balance on the paid leave bill S. 4742 B.

Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Need Paid “Safe Days”

FACT SHEET | On the need for the country's workplace policies to provide domestic and sexual violence survivors the support and job protection they need to recover - through a paid sick and safe days standard.

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2014

In 2014, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.

Healthy Families Act Coalition Letter to Congress

A 2013 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.

The Child Development Case for a National Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance Program (The FAMILY Act)

In the first months and years of life, babies discover the world through experiences with their parents and other caregivers.

Investing in Our Families: The Case for Family Leave Insurance in New York and the Nation

When a new child is born or adopted, or a loved one becomes seriously ill, far too many workers are unable to take off from work. Without a right to paid family leave, workers are being forced to make impossible choices between their families and their economic security.

Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Questions and Answers

Sixth edition guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) designed to answer frequently asked questions about how the law works and the protection it provides.

FAMILY Act Overview and Section-by-Section

A new proposal for family and medical leave insurance, currently in development, would:

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.

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