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Navy Triples Maternity Leave to 18 Weeks for Sailors, Marines

The policy change will make the Navy and Marine Corps the first military services to provide more than six weeks of paid maternity leave.

The policy change will make the Navy and Marine Corps the first military services to provide more than six weeks of paid maternity leave.

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Opposition to Paid Sick Leave Could Be Softening as Sen. Murray Pressures GOP

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)  speaking at a markup session in April.

Workers’ rights advocates weren’t expecting 15 Republicans to vote in favor of giving American workers the chance to earn paid sick days, as they did last month.

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Paid Family Leave Proposal Wouldn’t Add to Federal Budget

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid time off to care for a new child, a sick relative, or oneself during a serious illness.

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid time off to care for a new child, a sick relative, or oneself during a serious illness.

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GOP-Led Pennsylvania Legislature Goes After Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Less than a month after becoming the 20th municipal ordinance in the country to guarantee paid sick leave to workers, Philadelphia’s “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” measure is coming under attack by a bill moving through the Republican-controlled state legislature this session.

Less than a month after becoming the 20th municipal ordinance in the country to guarantee paid sick leave to workers, Philadelphia’s “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” measure is coming under attack by a bill moving through the Republican-controlled state legislature this session.

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Even With the FAMILY Act, Many Families Would Continue to Struggle

The Congressional Budget Office's new report found the Affordable Care Act could result in a reduction in workforce participation by approximately two million full-time workers in 2017. Conservative columnists are freaking out, but, even if the right is right, that may not be a bad thing at all.

Slowly, real efforts to transform the false work-family dichotomy are emerging, both through legislation as well as through employer initiatives. Programs like paid family leave and on-site child care can help working families over the long haul—yet it is rare to find either offered to low-wage workers in this country.

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FAMILY Act Would Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave for All Workers

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (at the podium) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (to her left) announcing the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act Thursday.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Rosa DeLauro introduced new legislation Thursday to create a national family and medical leave insurance program.

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U.S. Culture and Policy to Dads: Your Place Is in the Office

When work culture and public policy fail to support men’s involvement in the domestic sphere, how can anyone "have it all"?

When work culture and public policy fail to support men’s involvement in the domestic sphere, how can anyone “have it all”?

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The Connection Between Roe v. Wade and “Feminist Pork”

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Some of the most vehement opponents of abortion are also against economic policies that can help struggling families, like paid family leave.

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Hypocrisy Watch: Yet Another Legislator of Morality to Resign Over Affair with Staffer (UPDATED)

Yet another in a lengthening line of legislative moralizers will resign today as a result of his own hypocrisy.  Today’s example is Congressman Mark Souder. 

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Got Breast Milk? First We Need Equity

The results of a study released this month in the journal Pediatrics shows breastfeeding can save money and lives. But along with facts and figures, we need rights and equality to increase breastfeeding rates in the U.S.

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