Congress finally guaranteed paid leave to federal workers when they have a new baby or adopt or foster a child.
Working mothers need more than a village to raise a child—we need empathetic organizations that willingly provide flexible work schedules and phased returns, sanitary childcare facilities, safe pumping rooms and maternity leaves offered without punishment or penalty.
As we celebrate progress for mothers in elected office, let’s not forget all the work that still needs to be done to make paid family leave a reality for every woman in the U.S.
Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies” is great for corporate PR. But for the mothers reading this list—those companies could do better.
Violence against women and gaps in political representation are among the key factors in where the U.S. stands compared to the rest of the world on gender issues. But improvement is possible.
Legislation extending protected paid family leave to smaller businesses, allowing parents to spend time caring for their new children without fearing for the security of their jobs, has cleared the state Senate in California and is now being heard by the State Assembly’s Labor Committee.
Last week, the NewsGuild of New York media union and The Nation magazine announced a six-year contract that will provide four months paid parental leave to The Nation’s employees, regardless of their gender, and will also give employees a 25 percent pay increase over the life of the contract. While The Nation has been unionized for decades—and other news organizations such as In These Times and The Guardian followed its lead […]
On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months’ leave for new mothers and fathers. Effective immediately, the Swedish-born company is offering full-time employees time off with 100 percent pay, which can be broken up into three separate periods and taken within the first three years of a child’s life (employees who become […]
Corporate giant Amazon unveiled an updated parental paid leave policy Monday, extending benefits to over 200,000 employees. According to the company’s revised policy, full-time workers who have been with the company at least one year will receive six weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of gender or whether they are birth or adoptive parents. That means birth […]
The United States is facing an epidemic with devastating consequences for mothers and infants. According to a new report, nearly one in four mothers, most of them low-wage, may be returning to work within two weeks of giving birth. Many others who take more time to heal and bond with their babies are facing financial […]