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Boosting the middle class with Family and Medical Leave Insurance

From an editorial in the Everett Herald To gauge the prudence and efficacy of public policy, the essential question is, “qui bono?” (Who benefits?) The question isn’t nuanced. Dress it up, spin it, recast a bill’s snooze-inducing language through a

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Landmark family leave law doesn’t help millions of workers

Eight weeks before Danelle Buchman’s baby was due, an artery ruptured in her uterus, which nearly killed her and her child. Delivered by emergency C-section in 2010, her newborn daughter, Avery, spent one month in intensive care. Buchman survived only

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EOI’s legislative agenda prioritizes working families

A bout of flu, car accident, or cancer diagnosis too often leads to a family economic crisis. Most workers have only limited paid leave to deal with their family health needs, and many have no leave at all. That’s why

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Our changing workforce requires modern policies like paid sick days and family leave

Women have been a growing share of the workforce over the last several decades and now hold half of jobs. Research suggests that some women have joined the workforce in response to growing costs to support a family, particularly during

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On family leave, most states don’t make the grade

Parents face numerous challenges adjusting to life with a brand new bundle of joy. In the United States, those challenges are intensified by the lack federal paid family leave policies – pushing parents to strain an already tight family budget

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Seattle makes move to address growing “care gap”

Seattle is one step closer to becoming the first city in the nation to officially embrace the Caring Across Generations campaign. At a recent meeting of the City Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee, members voted unanimously in

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Paid family and medical leave benefits everyone – including new fathers

The economic gains of paid leave are a key benefit to working families, but paid family leave also impacts quality of care. When workers on leave are ensured some level of wage replacement, they can better focus their attention on

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The motherhood penalty: Balancing work and family obligations

As women’s participation in the workforce has increased, families have become more dependent on women’s earnings – particularly since the Great Recession left significantly more men without jobs. Yet, women continue to take home less than their male counterparts across

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Changing workforce highlights need for family-friendly workplaces

Significant changes in workforce demographics have led to increased need for family-friendly workplace policies that enable workers to better balance the responsibilities of family, health and career. But absent new public standards and programs, private employers have responded slowly. Paid

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave

For Mom: Supporting paid family and medical leave

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I’ve been thinking long and hard about how to honor my mom for all the sacrifices she has made for me and my siblings over the last four decades. My ever-busy mom

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