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Study: ‘B-minus’ for WA workplace laws concerning expectant and new parents

SEATTLE — The Evergreen State has room for improvement when it comes to protecting working families, according to a new report. The National Partnership for Women and Families gave Washington a “B-minus” grade in a recent study assessing states’ workplace

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Paid family and medical leave: A cornerstone of equity and opportunity for workers and families

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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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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It takes a web of public support to keep ourselves healthy

Mention “the web” and many people will think you’re talking about the Internet. But when you’re having a serious medical problem, you see an entirely different network in action. Two weeks ago, as my body tried — at first, in

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

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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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

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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King County vs. Seattle paid family leave: both a step forward, both need improvement

Seattle’s own Erica C. Barnett takes a closer look at recent paid family leave plans passed by Seattle and King County, and finds the city provides as little as four weeks guaranteed time off, while the county guarantees 12 weeks

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

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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‘Listening tour’ a tone-deaf exercise

Recently the State Senate Early Learning and Education Committee brought their listening tour about K-12 education to Everett. This listening tour has come about as the Legislature has been found in contempt by our state Supreme Court of failing to

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Posted in Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

A Long Overdue (Economic) Gift For Our Fathers

Father’s Day generates less sentimental gushing than Mother’s Day. But as this Father’s Day approaches, I’m reminded that just as struggling moms need fair pay and paid family leave a lot more than flowers, fathers need these policies, too –more

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