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Congress Is Making Parents Choose Between Time with Kids and Retirement

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 3, 2018

It’s great that Congress is once again paying attention to the need for time off work to care for family or their own health, but most of us who have fought for paid sick days and paid family leave are groaning rather than cheering. With much fanfare, Senator Marco Rubio this week introduced the “Economic Sec

An Illustrated Guide to Paid Sick Days and Paid Family & Medical Leave

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | July 26, 2018

This comic is a brief, easy-to-read illustration of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, two new programs to help Washington workers balance family, health and their jobs. More detailed information can be found at the Department of Labor and Industries for paid sick days and the Employment Securi

Can You Believe It’s Been a Year Already?

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

Marilyn Watkins | June 28, 2018

Can you believe it’s been a year already? Thanks to you and so many others, one year ago this week Washington’s Legislature passed Paid Family and Medical Leave. It means starting in January 2020, all  workers in our state will be able to take 12 to 18 weeks of leave to care for a new child, a seriously ill f

New Rights for Workers in Washington Printable Materials

A Fair Deal at Work Equal Pay Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | June 10, 2018

These are flyers explaining new rights for workers in Washington that recently came into effect or will come into effect soon. Overview of New Rights Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Family and Medical Leave Business Guide

Details Matter: Paid Family and Medical Leave that Works for Working Families

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

Report | Marilyn Watkins | May 3, 2018

For a PDF of this report, click here. Paid family and medical leave has become a top-tier policy issue. Over the past several years, a number of high-profile corporations have announced new and expanded paid parental leave programs. However, access to paid family leave remains primarily available to the alrea

Lawmakers Agree On Paid Family Leave, But Not The Details

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

| February 27, 2018 | National Public Radio

Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

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John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name is Anu Partanen. Partanen is an American citizen, an author, a researcher,

New Rights in Washington Help Working Families Thrive

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Marilyn Watkins | December 15, 2017

Washington State has begun implementing new standards to help workers stay healthy and protect their loved ones. These new laws are the result of the activism and collaboration of many individuals, community groups, labor unions, advocacy organizations, business owners, and policymakers. Healthy Pregnancies,

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| Marilyn Watkins | November 22, 2017 | Seattle Weekly

The Road to Winning Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

Report | Marilyn Watkins | November 11, 2017

For a PDF version of this report, click here. Late in the evening on June 30, 2017, the Washington State Legislature adopted one of the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) policies. The vote was strongly bipartisan – 37 to 12 in the Senate and 65 to 29 in the House. Breaking rules

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