Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org. Rachel Thomas is president of LeanIn.org. None of us should have to choose between the job we need and the family we love. That’s the concept behind paid family leave. It provides a safety net for when life happens — when a baby arrives, a child falls ill, an aging parent needs extra care — and we need to be there. And because it provides income during that time, it’s a game-changer for workers living paycheck to paycheck. On Monday, Americans will celebrate Labor Day. It’s a chance to recommit to supporting the workers who help make our country strong. One of the most important ways we can do this is by passing national paid family leave. Right now, only about 6o percent of the U.S. workforce has access to unpaid leave thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. That was a breakthrough law, but it was just a first step. It leaves out millions of workers. It … [Read more...] about Celebrate Labor Day by supporting national paid family leave
Caption Close OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is now among just a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave, following Gov. Jay Inslee's signing Wednesday of a bipartisan plan approved by the Legislature. The measure offers eligible workers 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for the serious medical condition of the worker or the worker's family member beginning in 2020, or 16 weeks for a combination of both. An additional two weeks may be used if there is a serious health condition with a pregnancy. Absent a national policy, Gov. Jay Inslee said, states "must lead this common sense policy." "We have stepped up," said Inslee, surrounded by lawmakers and other paid leave supporters. He said that the new law makes sure that the state's residents "have the ability to both care for their family and earn a paycheck." Washington now joins four other states with paid family leave programs: California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York, … [Read more...] about Washington becomes 5th state to guarantee paid family leave
Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio met last month to discuss child-care policy. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Ivanka Trump thrust her paid family-leave plan back into the spotlight this week, writing a defense of the White House’s proposal for the Wall Street Journal. The program, she wrote, would not be an entitlement, as her critics have charged, but “an investment in America's working families.” The missive came after an editorial in the newspaper slammed her proposal in May, arguing it would open the door for future Democrat administrations to beef up the benefit at great expense. But the president’s eldest daughter, who is also one of his official West Wing advisers, faces a bigger political hurdle than unfavorable opinion columns. Liberal lawmakers won’t back the plan, arguing it doesn’t go far enough to support low-income parents. And Republicans aren’t getting on board, either — not even the GOP leaders who support the … [Read more...] about Ivanka Trump is defending her paid leave plan. Neither party seems to like it.
Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio met last month to discuss child care. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Ivanka Trump thrust her paid family leave plan back into the spotlight this week, penning a defense of the White House’s proposal for the Wall Street Journal. The program, she wrote, would not be an entitlement, as her critics have charged, but “an investment in America's working families." The missive came after the newspaper’s right-leaning editorial board slammed Trump’s proposal in May, arguing it would open the door for future Democrat administrations to beef up the benefit at great expense. But the president’s eldest daughter, who is also one of his official West Wing advisers, faces a bigger political hurdle than unfavorable opinion columns. Liberal lawmakers won’t back the plan, arguing it doesn’t go far enough to support low-income parents. And Republicans aren’t getting on board, either — not even … [Read more...] about Neither Republicans nor Democrats are backing Ivanka Trump’s paid leave plan
Story highlights The first daughter has made family leave part of her own platform Ivanka Trump's plan is in the White House's proposed budget (CNN)Ivanka Trump is making a public pitch for the Trump administration's paid family leave policy, arguing in a letter to the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday that the proposal is not an entitlement, but an investment. "The policy outlined in the administration's recent budget proposal emphasizes the need for mothers and fathers to have access to paid leave to encourage both parents to share parenting responsibilities and to strive toward minimizing hiring biases," she wrote, arguing that paid family leave will "have an especially positive effect for women" and will be critical in "solving the persistent gender and minority pay gap that exists in part because of prolonged periods away from the workforce and challenges with re-entry." … [Read more...] about Ivanka Trump advocates for ‘investment’ in family leave
Beginning in January, private employers in New York — regardless of size — will have to provide paid family leave to eligible employees. The leave will be funded through employee payroll deductions that will start sometime after July 1. While employers won’t have to foot the bill, they will have to plan for the absence of employees and take other issues into account, such as how to collect the employee portion of health insurance premiums while workers are on leave. Employers should start preparing now. “For employers in New York this is definitely coming and they’ll have to plan for it,” says Harry J. Holzer, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Beginning Jan. 1, eligible employees will be entitled to up to eight weeks of paid leave at 50 percent of their average weekly wage. By 2021, the benefit will increase to 12 weeks at 67 percent. Employees can … [Read more...] about Paid family leave takes effect Jan. 1 ; employers should be ready
Speaking in Aston, Pa., Sept. 13, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rolled out his child-care policy as his daughter Ivanka stood by his side. (The Washington Post) When Donald Trump pitched his plan to extend paid leave to all new mothers in September, his campaign insisted the benefit would cover only women. But after critics called the proposal "unconstitutional" and said it would encourage employers to discriminate against women, the Trump administration might be considering a change of course. Aparna Mathur, a resident scholar in economic policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning research group, said she spoke in December to a "lower-level" member of Trump’s transition team about the president’s idea. Staffers were considering one key revision, she said: Turning maternity leave into parental leave — a benefit that fathers, too, could access. “They didn’t want to just focus on mothers,” she said. “They were … [Read more...] about Trump aides might be considering a major change to the president’s maternity leave plan
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Chris Kinsella is looking forward to taking advantage of a new benefit offered this year by his employer, First Data: two weeks of paid parental leave. The 32-year-old Omaha father welcomed his second child, Everett, a month ago. In 2015 Kinsella used paid vacation time to spend two weeks with his firstborn, Olive. Kinsella used the same benefit to attend Everett’s birth, but thanks to the company’s new policy, he plans to take two more weeks next month using the paid parental leave benefit to care for the kids and help his partner Sydney get ready to go back to work. “It gives us a lot more flexibility,” Kinsella said of the new benefit. First Data, a credit-card processor and payments technology company, has more than 5,000 Omaha employees. For some expectant parents, 2016 was a banner year and December a flag-waver: More than two dozen large employers announced that they would bolster their paid family leave benefits. In December alone at … [Read more...] about Large-scale companies change paid family leave rules
I think a distinction should be drawn between the two proposals aimed at working women that Donald Trump laid out Tuesday. Trump's child-care plan is ill-considered. He's been describing this plan gradually, and I've written before about its problems: Mainly, he would provide an expensive subsidy to affluent families while doing less to help lower-income parents who really struggle to pay for child care. Trump claimed on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton had no child-care plan, which is false. Her proposal focuses its benefits on lower-income families, unlike his. A new wrinkle added this week to Trump's plan — an unspecified enhancement to the Earned Income Tax Credit — would make the program less stingy toward low-income families, but its largest benefits would still go to the rich. On the other hand, Trump's maternity-leave plan has both flaws and praiseworthy aspects, and is a major step forward for a Republican Party that has historically opposed any approach to … [Read more...] about No cheers for Donald Trump’s child-care plan — one cheer for his maternity-leave plan
In Washington, D.C., a proposal to give employees 16 weeks of paid family leave has gained overwhelming support from the city council. If it passes, the city would offer the most generous paid leave in the country, doubling the length of time that any existing state-level program affords employees to bond with babies, care for sick relatives, or recuperate from their own illnesses. D.C. earners of up to $52,000 a year would be fully compensated for their wages by the city. Workers who make more than that—a large share of D.C. residents—could receive a maximum of $3,000 per week. A sliding-scale levy system among D.C. employers would generate the funds. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has voiced its opposition to the bill, warning that a leave program fully funded by employers “would be unprecedented and make the District of Columbia dangerously uncompetitive.” But research has shown the value of paid leave in California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—the only … [Read more...] about The Nation’s Best Family Leave Plan Could Be Coming to D.C.