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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Marcos Lambaberea

Workers Deserve Equal Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility

article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to enact policies that require employers to provide their workers with paid leave and workplace flexibility.

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

Women for Paid Sick Days Rally

Myth vs. Fact: Paid Sick Days

Contrary to many critics’ claims, paid sick days don’t just benefit employees—they also greatly benefit businesses and the economy.

By Jane Farrell | Friday, November 16, 2012

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There Are Significant Business Costs to Replacing Employees

article icon Issue Brief Workplace policies that improve employee retention can help companies reduce their employee turnover costs.

By Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, November 16, 2012

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The Many Benefits of Paid Family and Medical Leave

article icon Issue Brief Implementing a paid leave program such as Social Security Cares would help bring the United States up to par relative to other nations’ labor standards, and it would help facilitate the dual roles of worker and caregiver that most adults will experience at some point in their lives.

By Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, November 2, 2012

The Fat Lady Ain’t Sung Yet

Hanna Rosin’s new book, The End of Men, discusses the ongoing rise of women, but a number of inequalities between men and women in the workplace and at home still persist.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, September 28, 2012

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