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Mother is calling on Gov. Inslee to fund paid maternity leave (Video)

Rebecca Valley, a new mom who works as an Administrative Assistant in Everett, is calling on Governor Jay Inslee to fund paid maternity leave. When she gave birth 11 months ago to her daughter Matilda, Rebecca planned to use her

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Success in New Jersey! Paid Family Leave: Six Years Later

What happens to businesses after a state implements paid family leave? Do small businesses suffer? Are jobs harmed? Six years after New Jersey became the second state in the United States to approve paid family leave, Dr. Eileen Appelbaum, a

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Extend California’s paid family leave to the nation

By House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi By helping 1.6 million Californians balance family and work, our state has demonstrated the success of paid family leave – and now it is time for the rest of America to join us. Paid leave

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

Choosing between your child and your job

When my four-year-old son was recently discharged after undergoing facial reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, many friends and family members asked how I was holding up, how I was handling the stress and lack of sleep and all

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Paid Sick Days

Being a good mom can get you fired

I say, “good mother.” You say, “warm, loving, patient, generous, protecting, wise, how on Earth does she do it” and a whole lot more. The one word that might not pop up in this free association? “Fired.” And yet in

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The Motherhood Penalty

Wonders never cease: I agree with Phyllis Schlafly. Reading the arch-conservative lawyer’s controversial, much discussed April column in the Christian Post made me nearly drop my coffee when this jumped out from the page: “Women with children earn less…” Finally

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

President Obama Calls for Paid Leave Policies

In his most expansive statement yet in support of paid leave policies, President Barack Obama declared that women deserve “workplace policies that protect her right to have a baby without losing her job, [and] to take a day off to

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Sick and safe leave is a lifeline for workers

By Washington State Representative Roger Freeman Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.  Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five. I was concerned. Not only for

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For Working Moms, One Sick Kid Can Spell Disaster

For Shenita Simon-Toussaint, all that stands between having—on the one hand—a roof over her head, food on the table, and at least a cake for each of her three children’s birthdays, and—on the other hand—abject poverty, is her $8-per-hour salary

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days
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