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Family and Medical Leave Act

The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work

Working mom 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

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Dad on parental leave 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

Ensuring Low-Wage Workers Also 'Benefit' from Benefits

While the Family and Medical Leave Act was an important first step to help workers manage their commitments to both their employers and their families, there is still work to be done, especially for low-wage workers.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Heather Boushey | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our Working Nation in 2013

Prince family 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

The Family and Medical Leave Act Was a Huge Step Forward for Working Americans

Paternity leaveThe 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.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The United States Is Falling Behind in Paid Leave Policies

Mother and childThe 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.

By Jane Farrell | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Who Can Afford Unpaid Leave?

FMLA and women of colorIt 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.

By Julie Ajinkya | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Despite 20 Years of Progress, Family and Medical Leave Act Fails to Protect Gay and Transgender Families

Family and Medical Leave ActThe 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.

By Crosby Burns and Kellan Baker | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

3 Ways to Improve the Family and Medical Leave Act to Better Serve Military Families

President Barack ObamaCovering 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.

By Eryn Sepp | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Family and Medical Leave Act at 20: Still Necessary, Still Not Enough

Two decades ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. It remains the only piece of legislation aimed at helping to manage the work-life balance.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Family and Medical Leave Act Advances Reproductive Justice

Workplace leaveOn 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.

By Liz Chen | Monday, February 4, 2013

The Family and Medical Leave Act Is Synonymous with Family Values

Family and Medical Leave ActFaith 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.

By Sally Steenland and Eleni Towns | Friday, February 1, 2013