Category Archives: Paid Family Leave

Now in Spanish: Getting it Right for Our Babies Video

We’re thrilled to announce that our Getting it Right for Our Babies video is now available in Spanish!Haciéndolo bien por nuestros bebésCon el costo promedio de cuidado infantil en los Estados Unidos equivalente a una matrícula universitaria y con millones de educadores de la infancia temprana que reciben salarios tan bajos, que a menudo les […]

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New Video: Getting it Right For Our Babies

 New Video “Getting it Right For Our Babies” Describes and Offers Solutions to Repair America’s Broken Child Care SystemWith the average cost of child care in the U.S. equaling college tuition and millions of early childhood educators facing wages so low they often struggle to support their own families, For Our Babies and the Center […]

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New Video: The Social Womb

Building on a concept that I first introduced in my book “For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America’s Infants”, I recently wrote and narrated a six minute animated video, for use with the general public, called “The Social Womb”.  The video and an accompanying paper are both available for public use. The video […]

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Paid Family Leave In California: Need for Outreach

Most American workers have very few options when it comes to taking time off to bond with a new born, adopted or foster child. National legislation, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), only ensures 12 weeks of unpaid leave to those who are covered by the law.  Due to restrictions in who is covered, 40% of […]

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FAMILY Act: New Paid Leave Legislation Being Introduced!

New legislation, the Family Medical Insurance Leave Act (the FAMILY Act) is being introduced in the House today! Legislative OverviewSponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), the FAMILY Act would ensure people have some income during family or medical leave.   The FAMILY Act would: Provide workers […]

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Podcast: Why Maternity Leave Matters to Health

Sylvia Guendelman, Ph.D. is a professor of Community Health and Human Development and Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.  Her research interests include: health and social behavior, health policy and management, and maternal & child health. Among her many projects, Sylvia chaired […]

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Another State Joins the Battle for Paid Leave

The paid leave bill in Rhode Island was reviewed last week by the Senate Finance Committee. Although no vote has been scheduled, Senator Goldin said “she is optimistic it will pass before lawmakers adjour for the year in a few weeks”. The bill also has a powerful supporter, its co-sponsor, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed. […]

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Yahoo Expands Its Paid Parental Leave

Yahoo just announced a revised paid parental leave policy. Under the new policy, mothers can take 16 weeks of paid leave with benefits when they give birth to a child. New dads can take 8 weeks. Both parents can take eight weeks of paid leave for new children via foster child placement, adoption or surrogacy. […]

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News Roundup April 30th

More Benefits of Maternity Leave Two studies out of the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that maternity leave makes economic sense in addition to improving health outcomes for mothers and babies. The findings were part of the “Juggling Work and Life During Pregnancy” study, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. […]

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20th Anniversary of FMLA Brings New Expansions

This week the U.S. Department of Labor marks the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with a final rule to implement expansions to FMLA protections for military families and airline flight crews. The first expansion allows more military families to take leave for activities when a service member is deployed as well […]

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