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    The Road to Winning Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

    Report | November 11, 2017 | By Marilyn Watkins

    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

    The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

    Issue Brief | November 23, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    A just-released study funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to the State of Washington shows strong public support for a paid family and medical leave program – and new cost estimates that put such a program easily within reach of most workers and employers: Three in four Washington voters support a stat

    Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Fact Sheet | September 28, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    A new baby, cancer diagnosis, or dying parent – occasionally we all need to take extended time away from work to care for family or health. California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island have programs to provide all workers with paid leave when a new child arrives in the family or a serious health conditi

    Every Job a Path to Opportunity

    Report | August 3, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

    Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Issue Brief | May 6, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Establishing universal paid family and medical leave in the United States is critical to restoring economic security for working families and overcoming the entrenched inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too many. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly c

    Washington Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) Act

    Fact Sheet | January 15, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Nurturing a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times when family and health must come first. New moms and babies are healthier with extended maternity leaves, and everyone recovers better from illness when family members provide care. But too many Washington worker

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on King County proposed paid parental leave program

    Testimony | November 17, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins

    This morning, the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee of the Martin Luther King County Council voted unanimously to forward an ordinance establishing a paid parental leave pilot program to the full Council. Chair Rod Dembowski, Joe McDermott, and Larry Phillips were the members present and votin

    “What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

    Testimony | February 6, 2015

    Patrick Williams, a soon-to-be dad, has a pointed question for Washington state legislators about when they’ll finally take action on family and medical leave insurance (HB 1273): Full text: “Good morning. My name is Patrick Williams. My wife, Caitlin, and I are eagerly awaiting the birth of our first child.

    “Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

    Testimony | January 30, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, makes the case for family and medical leave insurance (House Bill 1273) to Washington state legislators (Jan. 29, 2015): Full testimony: “Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a matter of luck whether a parent can af

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1273 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance

    Testimony | January 30, 2015 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Labor Committee on HB 1273 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, January 29, 2015. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a matter of luck whether a parent can afford to spend the f

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