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Mother and children

Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

book_alt2 icon Report Mothers’ economic contributions to their families are more important now than ever before, as the majority of families with children are headed by women who are either the primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner. Knowing who these women are provides a better understanding of our current workforce and highlights the need to update our nation’s labor standards.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, June 20, 2014

Sick family

The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days

As states continue to pass paid leave and paid sick days legislation, evidence shows that these policies are a win-win for both employers and employees.

By Claudia Calderon Machicado | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Working mom

The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work

book_alt2 icon Report The importance of women’s added work hours to families’ economic well-being lends a new urgency to rethinking U.S. labor standards for the 21st century.

By Eileen Appelbaum, Heather Boushey, and John Schmitt | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dad on parental leave

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

book_alt2 icon Report We need to establish a national family and medical leave insurance program that addresses the realities of our current workforce.

By Heather Boushey and Alexandra Mitukiewicz | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Donna Edwards

Why We Need a Political Leadership Pipeline for Women of Color

As women of color grow in number, we need more of them in elected office.

By Vanessa Cárdenas | Friday, March 7, 2014

Man with wheelchair

Family Matters

article icon Issue Brief Supporting caregivers through paid family leave and flexible hours will go a long way toward recognizing our invaluable informal care community and increasing cost savings for taxpayers.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jane Farrell | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Infographic: The Next Step for Family Leave

The FAMILY Act will help families, local communities, and our economy by making paid leave a reality for working Americans.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jane Farrell | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Real Family Values: Flexible Work Arrangements and Work-Life Fit

article icon Issue Brief We need policies that ensure all workers have the opportunity to both excel at work and care for the family members who need them.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Emily Baxter | Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

What the FAMILY Act Means for All Americans

Paid family and medical leave will help lift our entire economy by providing a vital and earned benefit for workers of every background, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, parental status, age, ability, or income level.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jane Farrell | Thursday, December 12, 2013

The FAMILY Act: Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

article icon Issue Brief What is the FAMILY Act? Why do Americans need it? What will it cost employers? Answers to your questions on the new paid family and medical leave legislation.

By Jane Farrell and Sarah Jane Glynn | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Elderly parent and daughter

The Economic Benefits of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

article icon Issue Brief Recent research finds that family and medical leave insurance would greatly benefit America’s workforce and employers.

By Heather Boushey, Ann O'Leary, and Alexandra Mitukiewicz | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mother and children

Job Protection Isn’t Enough

book_alt2 icon Report The ability to access paid parental leave is important to family economic well-being.

By Heather Boushey, Jane Farrell, and John Schmitt | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Prince family

Our Working Nation in 2013

book_alt2 icon Report As President Obama enters his second term and as the 113th Congress convenes, this re-release of “Our Working Nation” takes a new look at how we can update our workplace policies to fully include women and men who combine work with family care.

By Heather Boushey, Ann O'Leary, and Sarah Jane Glynn | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Latino workers at job site

Latinos Least Likely to Have Paid Leave or Workplace Flexibility

article icon 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.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jane Farrell | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mother cooking dinner

Working Parents’ Lack of Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility

article icon 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.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Tuesday, November 20, 2012