National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Paid Leave

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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.

U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Meeting on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination: Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor, 2/15/2012

My name is Judith Lichtman, and I am Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to speak to you today about the persistent problem of workplace discrimination against pregnant women and caregivers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grandparent's Day 2010: Work-Family Policies Must Include Grandparents

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

Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act

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.

112th Congress: Work and Family Agenda

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.

Flexibility for Success: How Workplace Flexibility Policies Benefit All Workers and Employers

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.

Taking Care of Business: The Business Benefits of Paid Leave

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.

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.

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.

Work & Family Summit 2012 Advisory (7/6/2012)

More than two hundred 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 are convening in Washington, D.C., next week to celebrate a record year of victories and plan for the year ahead.

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.

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 Leave Protects the Economic Security of Working Families

At some point in their lives, nearly all workers will need time away from their jobs to attend to their own serious illness, care for an ill or injured family member, or welcome a new child. But in the current economic climate—and without public policies providing job-protected paid family and medical leave—most can’t afford to take the time they need without causing a family financial crisis.

The Work, Family, and Equity Index: Where Does the United States Stand Globally?

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.

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.

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.

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