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The Dollars And Sense Of Paid Family Leave

While politicians in Washington, D.C. have started talking about paid family leave, some U.S. businesses have been putting such policies into practice.

Is it time for universal paid family leave?

The American public overwhelmingly supports policies that guarantee workers paid leave if they have a child, get sick or need to care for a family member. Yet the United States is the only developed nation that lacks a paid family leave mandate.

Burbank: Paid leave will be a boon when workers sick, injured

Paid family and medical leave is now the law in our state. This great breakthrough will provide workers economic security in times where they need time off to care for themselves or their families, starting in January 2020.

Paid parental leave may be the idea that transcends politics

“We strongly believe this is the right thing to do,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C., which supports the Democrats’ bill. “Why should some people have this benefit and not others based on where they live or the job they have, when it’s clear everyone needs it?”

Passage of paid-family-leave act shows power of working together

Washington’s new paid family and medical leave policy makes me proud of my state. It’s not just the groundbreaking policy, which fills a need for every worker in Washington. It’s also the way our state government worked together to hammer out a paid-leave bill that people across the political spectrum wanted to support.

Women are talking and these companies make them happiest

Even with the rise of sites like Glassdoor and Monster, many women are still left wondering exactly how prospective employers handle gender-specific issues in the workplace like family leave and pay equity. To find out, female job seekers are turning to Fairygodboss, a job review site exclusively for women.

Here's What Parental Leave Is Like For LGBT Families

Taking leave from work to welcome a new child isn't easy for a lot of parents — and LGBT families often have to navigate policies that were designed with cisgender, straight couples in mind.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump’s Paid Leave Policy Is ‘Woefully Inadequate’

Gillibrand explains the policy proposed by the Trump administration covers only parental leave, as opposed to a wider range of life events, such as paid time for employees who must care for sick family members. She also points out that the suggested means to pay for the plan is not realistic.

I'm a Freelancer. That Doesn't Mean I Don't Need Paid Leave.

"Only 14 percent of Americans have access to paid family leave. While my husband and I are fortunate enough to be able to get by without my income in the short term, this time off will likely affect our long-term well-being, economic and otherwise," writes Elissa Strauss.

Washington State’s Working Families Score ‘Groundbreaking’ Paid Leave Victory (Updated)

The legislation offers a progressive financing mechanism that covers close to 100 percent of low-wage workers' income, meaning workers will no longer be forced to choose between a paycheck and their family.

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