The Family and Medical Leave Act has greatly benefited many U.S. workers since it became law in 1993. On its 20th anniversary, it’s time to take additional steps so that the act can benefit all U.S. workers.
The Family and Medical Leave Act was an important step in advancing U.S. family leave policies, but there is still much work to be done.
It is in our nation’s best interest to make sure that all of our workers can be productive members of our country’s workforce and also take care of their own health or the health of their loved ones.
The Family and Medical Leave Act exists to protect workers from having to choose between caring for a loved one and keeping a job. But under current federal law, the act fails to provide sufficient protections for gay and transgender workers and their families.
Covering same-sex spouses, recognizing the unique challenges of military families, and fully enforcing the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act is key to protecting service members and their families.
On the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, we look at how the law has helped the reproductive justice movement advance its cause.
Faith groups that were crucial to securing the Family and Medical Leave Act 20 years ago are key to expanding its protections now and in the future.
We should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.
If Congress fails to extend emergency unemployment benefits, the U.S. economy will create 300,000 fewer jobs next year and three in four unemployed Americans will receive no benefits.
By severely weakening unions, which are vital to strengthening the middle class and improving the economy, “right-to-work” laws have broad negative consequences.
Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.
Right-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.
Issue Brief Latinos are the least likely of any population group in America to have access to paid sick days, paid leave, and workplace flexibility.
Issue Brief Paid leave and workplace flexibility policies would go a long way to help bring our nation up to speed and would allow working mothers and fathers to be both good workers and good parents.
Issue Brief Policymakers need to enact policies that require employers to provide their workers with paid leave and workplace flexibility.