National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 4:00 pm

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), just 12 percent of American workers can take paid leave time to tend to an illness in their household, and only about 40 percent can get time off for themselves through employer-sponsored disability coverage. This gap affects about two-fifths of the private sector workforce, or 40 million people—a vast deficit compared to many other industrialized countries, where paid leave is routine.

Now, though, some lawmakers are recognizing that taking a few weeks off to deal with a health challenge shouldn’t hurt your paycheck. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have sponsored legislation to establish a nationwide paid family leave insurance program that would partially protect the wages of workers who take time off for the medical needs of themselves or their families.


Did Self-Styled ‘Mr. Morality’ Scott Walker Father a Love Child in 1988?

By: Sunday June 3, 2012 7:52 am

Don’t be surprised if Walker chooses not to address this at all in the next forty-eight hours. This isn’t the sort of thing he wants to discuss, not now.

Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00 pm

It’s almost poetic that this year’s Equal Pay Day—the one day of the year when Americans are supposed to reflect on the value (and undervaluing) of women’s work—coincided with the media firestorm surrounding the American stay-at-home-mom. The “controversy” over Ann Romney’s decision to stay home rather than work a “regular” job should highlight some of the continuing struggles of women to be valued and respected for their work, in and out of the home.

Late Late Night FDL: Mother

By: Sunday May 10, 2009 10:00 pm

Roger WatersMother.

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