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Another Barrier to Maternity Leave for Those Most in Need: Knowing About It

Ms. Magazine Nanette Fondas November 18, 2011 On Wednesday a new poll [PDF] was released that shows that people who are most likely to need paid family leave are least likely to be aware of programs that provide it. Specifically,

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Most don’t know law permits paid time off to care for relatives

Los Angeles Times Anna Gorman November 16, 2011 The majority of Californians have not heard of a state law that allows many workers to take paid time off to care for a new child or a sick relative, according to the results of a

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The Health Benefits of Paid Family Leave

By Lili Farhang, Human Impact Partners In February, my partner and I had a baby. The pregnancy and birth went smoothly and our son was born healthy. And yet, life was turned on its head.  Breastfeeding was challenging, sleep was

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New Research Shows Need for More Outreach on Paid Family Leave

By Vibhuti Mehra, Labor Project for Working Families Lisa Mukai, a mother of two from Redwood City, has good reason to appreciate California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program – a family leave insurance program that provides income replacement to workers

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Majority of First-Time U.S. Moms Now Get Paid Maternity Leave

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — The number of new mothers receiving paid maternity leave climbed to a majority for the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today, reaching the highest percentage since the government began tracking the data in 1981.

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Note to Super-Committee: A Quick Way to $1.1 Billion in Savings

As politicians scramble to cut programs like Medicare and Medicaid that serve the most vulnerable groups in our society, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research has delivered a welcome reminder:  let’s save money instead by lowering health care costs. Just

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Victory for Jimmy John’s Workers

St. Paul, Minnesota:  Last winter, workers for a local Jimmy John’s franchise discovered through a union survey of employees that on any given day, approximately two workers in the ten-store franchise are making sandwiches while sick.  For two months they

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Majority of First-Time U.S. Moms Now Get Paid Maternity Leave

The number of new mothers receiving paid maternity leave climbed to a majority for the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today, reaching the highest percentage since the government began tracking the data in 1981.

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Time to Occupy K Street

It’s time to expand the Occupy Wall Street movement to include K Street, home of the corporate lobbyists. As the top one percent carry out their heist against working people, lobbyists provide the blueprints and drive the getaway car. And

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Momentum Builds for Policies that Value Families At Work

In October, communities from coast to coast worked hard to advance policies like paid sick days that value families at work. Each of our state campaigns with diverse organizations—from public health and organized labor to immigrants’ rights organizations and advocates against domestic violence—are mobilizing support for these common-sense policies.

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