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Arrival of paid maternity leave is long overdue in Washington State

It seems someone’s walking by pushing a baby carriage pretty much every time I look out the window of my Beacon Hill home. From my front porch, I can see three houses with infants. The neighborhood parents have bonded, not

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Workers, Business Owners, Electeds Travel to White House Summit on Working Families

Local Leaders in the Fight for Paid Sick Days, Family Leave and Equal Pay Bring Campaign to the other Washington Washington workers, business owners and elected leaders will bring experiences from their fight for paid leave and equal pay laws

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National Momentum Growing for Paid Sick Days

“I was one of those kids who spent the day in the school nurse’s office wishing my mom would come.” Mark is a former elementary school classmate of my son’s who recently interviewed me as part of a mentorship program.

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Time to take care of our own: Let’s pull ourselves into the 21st century, America

The United States is one of four countries in the world that doesn’t offer new moms paid maternity leave. Pakistan has better maternity leave policies than us.  Now, I can be an American exceptionalist as good as the next girl,

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21 Years after the FMLA, Cities and States Can Lead the Fight for Family Leave

Today the federal Family and Medical Leave Act turns 21. The law has helped millions of Americans take time off work to nurture their newborn child, care for a critically ill family member, or recover from their own serious health

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The FAMILY Act is Badly Needed to Update the Outdated Workplace Policies That Are Hurting America’s Families

Most Americans have no access to paid leave when babies are born or serious personal or family medical needs arise, but that will change when Congress passes the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. This badly needed legislation was

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Overturning DOMA to expand FMLA

This month, the federal Department of Labor issued a statement with guidelines for expanding the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include same sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Think paid family leave would hurt business? California and New Jersey say “Think again”

Washington state is poised to continue the success of California and New Jersey’s paid family leave laws. Reports have shown in California  that 9 out of 10 employers report a “positive” or “no noticeable ’’  effect in profitability, worker turnover,

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Providing paid leave is not just good for families, but for taxpayers and businesses too

August 5th, 2013 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act – the nation’s first law guaranteeing most workers job-protected unpaid leave for certain medical or family emergencies. This week our blog will focus on the importance of family and

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81 Percent of New Moms Don’t Even Qualify for the FMLA

August 5th, 2013 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act – the nation’s first law guaranteeing most workers job-protected unpaid leave for certain medical or family emergencies. This week our blog will focus on the importance of family and

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