Tag "New York"

States With Paid Leave

When you compare the United States to other industrialized nations, you probably don’t expect to discover that the U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that does not provide paid family and medical leave to its workers.

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Activists, Business Leaders, and Elected Officials Calling for Guaranteed Paid Sick Days

Family Values @ Work Coalitions Coordinate National Days of Action to Call for Healthy Families Act WASHINGTON, DC—Paid sick days activists in Family Values @ Work (FV@W), a network of coalitions in 24 states working to pass paid sick days

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Fernan’s Story – Putting the family back into FMLA

My wife was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. As a human resource professional I have signed off on countless requests for family medical leave. Now I find myself submitting a request. I flashback to my wedding day twenty years

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Dorcas’ Story – a home health aide and her dying mother

Last year my mother became ill. She lived out of town so I had to use my vacation time to go and care for her. After two weeks, I had to return to work because I had exhausted my accrued

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Tess’s Story – balancing a C-section, displacement and TDI

I work part time. After the birth of my first child, I received $170 a week from the New York State Temporary Disability Insurance program (TDI). Although the amount was laughable, every little bit helped. In order to take a

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Dear Governor Cuomo: Women Leaders Are Hungry for Paid Leave

National women leaders call on NY governor to champion paid family leave insurance to benefit all New Yorkers and our country.

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Sarah’s Story

“[Paid Leave] helped me to stay at my job . . . and ensure[d] that . . . everything was all taken care of at home and I was really prepared to do the job [when I went back] … [It’s] one of the main reasons why I’ve stayed at my job . . . and I anticipate being a long term employee.”

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Alena’s Story

“[Paid Leave] means a tremendous amount to my family . . . I can [pay] undivided attention . . . to my baby for her first months of life.”

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Ari’s Story

“It’s too bad that we have to make that decision . . . are we going to provide emotional stability or financial stability. I don’t think you really should have to pick. It would be great to have paid family leave. I think people really need it.”

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Toniquia’s Story

“If I actually had access to paid maternity leave, it would have made a huge difference . . . I came back from maternity leave with over $1,000 of [debt for day care].”

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