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Research Library: Work and Family

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Statements from Coalition Leaders on Paid Sick Days

Reflecting the breadth of support for paid sick days, leaders of the following organizations have spoken out on Connecticut becoming the first state in the nation to pass paid sick days legislation.


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.


Women's Equality Day 2010: Steps Toward Women's Equality

Women's Equality Day commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. More than 90 years later, the fight for women's equal access and opportunity continues—especially in workplaces across the country.


Paid Sick Days: Attitudes and Experiences

Except in a few localities, employers are not required by law to provide paid sick days for workers. But most Americans believe that paid sick days should be a worker's right guaranteed by the government.


The Family and Medical Leave Act at 20: 100 Million Reasons to Celebrate and Move Forward

2013 is the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – the first and only national law that enables workers to care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their jobs or economic security.


African American Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

No worker should have to lose income or risk being fired for taking time off to recover from illness or care for a sick loved one, especially at a time when families’ finances are stretched and jobs can be hard to find. Yet nearly 44 million workers in the United States are not able to earn paid sick days, and African American workers are less likely to have access to this critical labor standard.


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.


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.


Work and Family Policy Options for Advocates and Legislators

Workers should not have to choose between a paycheck, their job, and their own health or the health of their families. Yet, because of the lack of policies that help workers meet their family responsibilities, many workers face this choice every day.


Public Welfare Foundation Paid Sick Days Survey: Full Report

Except in a few localities, employers are not required by law to provide paid sick days for workers. But most Americans believe that paid sick days should be a worker's right guaranteed by the government.


Response to DOL's Request for Information on Reasonable Break Time for Working Mothers

Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives covered women workers the right to reasonable break times and a private location to express milk at work. The statute is intended to ensure that all working mothers covered by the provision have workplace protections that allow them to continue to provide breast milk for their babies for the first year of life, the period recommended by healthcare experts.


Family Friendly Workplace Policies Must Include Grandparents

Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together - yet our workplace laws don't honor their critical role.


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.


Latino Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

More than 12 million Latino workers – nearly 60 percent of the Latino workforce – don’t have a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses. Many more don’t have paid sick days to care for a sick child.


Paid Sick Days Protect the Economic Security of Working Families

A minimum paid sick days standard would help to protect millions of working families from falling further into financial crisis during these tough economic times.


The Time for Paid Sick Days Is Now: Survey Shows Overwhelming Public Support For a Paid Sick Days Workplace Standard

A new survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and commissioned by the Public Welfare Foundation demonstrates that lack of access to paid sick days has significant negative consequences for public health, health care costs, and families' financial security.


The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

The FMLA was the first national policy designed to help working Americans meet the dual demands of work and family. It was the first bill signed by President Clinton in 1993.


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.


America’s Working Parents Deserve Paid Family Leave

Too many working parents are left to struggle on their own when a new child arrives or a family member is taken ill because they do not have the security of job-protected, paid time away from work. It is time for Congress to take action to support working families!


State Paid Leave Fund Letter

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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