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Guess who’s leading on paid leave? (Hint: Not us)

By Secretary of Labor Tom Perez I spent last week in Melbourne, Australia representing our government at a meeting of Labor Ministers of the world’s 20 major economies. After sitting down with my G20 counterparts and learning more about their policies relating

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Having a child is good for your career – if you’re a man

Great news! If you’re a man — especially a highly educated White or Latino man in a professional job — having a baby is great for your earnings. Congrats, dads! We’re happy for you. No, really, we are. But what about

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

Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Bellingham

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Bellingham on October 16th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that support working

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

When women win, our economy wins: Vancouver hosts Women’s Economic Security Forum

The Economic Opportunity Institute and Washington Work and Family Coalition are on tour across Washington state to build women’s economic security. Last night, Vancouver joined the list of towns and cities across WA who have hosted a forum on issues

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

What a dad wants, what a dad needs…has changed

When my brother was born, my dad took the day off work. He was overjoyed about the birth of his first child and couldn’t wait to spend as much time as he could with him. The next morning though, being

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Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Vancouver

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Vancouver on September 10th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that

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

Our economy is hurting our kids – here’s what we should do about it

The Great Recession didn’t only damage our economy – it also hurt the growth and development of many American kids. During the past quarter century, national and state policies have resulted in numerous positive gains in child health, safety and

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

Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Spokane

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Spokane on August 20th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that support working women

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

Happy 21st Birthday, FMLA!

Congress improved working conditions for millions of women and families across the nation when they passed the landmark Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) twenty-one years ago. However, today millions of workers are still without access to paid leave and many are

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Hear Shelby’s story: Learn why we need paid family leave

Shelby Ramirez wears many hats: mother of two, daughter, worker and full time student. After a recent experience of taking time off work to care for sick family members-and facing poverty as a result-Shelby questions if she should add another hat to the

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