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Unpaid Leave Isn’t Enough for Working Parents…or Business Owners

A great article in Monday’s Oregonian details why unpaid leave (in this case, sick child leave, but it’s equally applicable to family leave) just doesn’t go the distance for working families: …parents are more likely to take ailing children to

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2008 Family Leave Insurance Legislative Fact Sheet

2008 Family Leave Insurance Legislative Fact Sheet

January 14, 2008

Starting October 2009, parents of newborn and newly adopted children will be able to take up to 5 weeks off work to care for their child with a weekly benefit of $250 (pro-rated for part-time workers). All new parents who

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Time to Care Major Factor in Gaps at School

Add this to the list of reasons why: 1) Washington State is making the right decision by funding paid family leave for new parents; and 2) Why Washington legislators should fund full-day kindergarten within the next five years, rather than

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid Family Leave: Saving Public Dollars

You’ll hear opponents of paid family leave bemoan the costs. Leaving aside the fact that family leave insurance strengthens families, promotes early learning and public health, and bolsters our state’s commitment to giving every child a strong and healthy start

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Washington Family Leave Insurance Fact Sheet

Washington Family Leave Insurance Fact Sheet

December 12, 2007

Timing: Washington is the second state after California to adopt paid family leave. Washington’s family leave insurance program was signed into law in May, 2007. Benefit payments begin October 1, 2009. Who’s Eligible: All parents of newborn or newly adopted

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Washington Family Leave Insurance: Questions and Answers

Washington Family Leave Insurance: Questions and Answers

December 1, 2007

How much will family leave insurance cost taxpayers? Will family leave insurance hurt employers? How can we afford family leave insurance given the state of our economy? Why cover only babies for family leave insurance ? What about taking care

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

Meena Rishi: Family leave makes economic sense

Meena Rishi: Family leave makes economic sense

March 20, 2007

Testimony from Meena Rishi, Economics professor, Seattle University For HB 5659 – Family Leave Insurance Bill In most western countries parental leave is available for those who have worked for their current employer for a certain period of time. In

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

Justin: Why family leave is important for new dads

Justin: Why family leave is important for new dads

March 20, 2007

Testimony from Justin For SSB 5659 – Family Leave Insurance  Hi, my name is Justin. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my  family’s experiences so the committee can better understand why Family Leave  Insurance is so important.

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

Sean O.: The need for paid family leave when caring for a dying father

Sean O.: The need for paid family leave when caring for a dying father

March 3, 2007

Testimony from Sean For 2SSB 5659 – Family Leave Insurance My name is Sean O. I am 54 years old. I grew up in Mukilteo, WA and have lived in the area since 1962. My father worked for the Department

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

Selena Allen: The importance of family leave insurance for a new mom

Selena Allen: The importance of family leave insurance for a new mom

March 3, 2007

Written testimony of Selena Allen For SSB 5659 Family Leave is a very personal issue to me. When I discovered I was pregnant with my first child I had  just moved to Seattle to escape a bad relationship. Since I

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