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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!
Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together – yet our workplace laws don’t honor their critical role.
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.
The birth or adoption of a child should be the most joyous of occasions. But for millions of Americans, this happy time is marred by impossible choices between caring for their new children and keeping their families financially secure.
In the Dallas metro area, on average, a woman who holds a full-time job is paid $39,432 per year while a man who holds a full-time job is paid $46,595 per year. This means that women in the Dallas area are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to men in the area, amounting to a yearly gap of $7,163 between men and women who work full time.
More than 200 small business owners, working parents, labor leaders, women’s rights activists and other members of the diverse coalition fighting for family-friendly policy advances like paid sick days and family leave insurance convened in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate a record year of victories in 2011 and plan for the year ahead.
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.
When it comes to ensuring decent working conditions for families, the latest research shows many U.S. public policies still lag dramatically behind all high-income countries, as well as many middle- and low-income countries.
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.
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.
Businesses benefit when employees are able to take time away from work to cope with personal and family illnesses. More satisfied and productive workers translate into improved workplace morale, greater worker loyalty and better bottom lines.
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.
Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together—yet our workplace laws don’t honor their critical role.
A growing number of employers recognize the benefits of flexible workplace practices. These employers know that setting workplace standards that promote flexibility and allow workers to meet the dual demands of work and family improves employee productivity, loyalty and retention—creating happier, healthier workplaces, and better bottom lines.
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.
Every day, working women and men in the United States struggle to meet the dual demands of work and family because their workplaces are without basic family friendly policies. It is long past time for workplaces to reflect the needs of 21st century working families, which for many include the ability to care for children, family members and elderly relatives while also being productive, responsible employees.
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.
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.
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 (“paid leave”) allows older workers to address their own health needs without having to drop out of the labor force.
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