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The Road to Winning Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

The Road to Winning Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

November 11, 2017

For a PDF version of this report, click here. Late in the evening on June 30, 2017, the Washington State Legislature adopted one of the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) policies. The vote was strongly bipartisan

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The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

November 23, 2016

A just-released study funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to the State of Washington shows strong public support for a paid family and medical leave program – and new cost estimates that put such a program easily within

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Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

September 28, 2016

A new baby, cancer diagnosis, or dying parent – occasionally we all need to take extended time away from work to care for family or health. California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island have programs to provide all workers

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid Family and Medical Leave

May 6, 2016

Establishing universal paid family and medical leave in the United States is critical to restoring economic security for working families and overcoming the entrenched inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too

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Testimony by Janet Chung in support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (SB 6149)

Testimony by Janet Chung in support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (SB 6149)

February 1, 2016

Testimony in support of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (SB 6149) before the Washington Senate Commerce & Labor Committee by Janet Chung, Legal Voice Chairman Baumgartner and Members of the Committee: My name is Janet Chung and I’m Legal & Legislative Counsel with

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Washington Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) Act

Washington Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) Act

January 15, 2016

Nurturing a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times when family and health must come first. New moms and babies are healthier with extended maternity leaves, and everyone recovers better from illness when family members provide

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on King County proposed paid parental leave program

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on King County proposed paid parental leave program

November 17, 2015

This morning, the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee of the Martin Luther King County Council voted unanimously to forward an ordinance establishing a paid parental leave pilot program to the full Council. Chair Rod Dembowski, Joe McDermott, and Larry Phillips

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Equal Pay, Paid Sick/Safe Leave, FAMLI Act Legislative Update: April 1, 2015

Late yesterday, Senator Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, cancelled today’s meeting of the Washington Senate Commerce and Labor Committee which he chairs. Since today, April 1, is “cut-off”, that means that the equal pay, paid sick days, and minimum wage bills heard

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“What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

“What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

February 6, 2015

Patrick Williams, a soon-to-be dad, has a pointed question for Washington state legislators about when they’ll finally take action on family and medical leave insurance (HB 1273): Full text: “Good morning. My name is Patrick Williams. My wife, Caitlin, and I are eagerly

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“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

January 30, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, makes the case for family and medical leave insurance (House Bill 1273) to Washington state legislators (Jan. 29, 2015): Full testimony: “Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a

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