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Back to School: 10 Legal Protections Every Parent Should Know

Children across the country are headed back to school. Amidst what is an extremely challenging time for parents, and regardless of whether your child will be attending school in person, continuing virtual instruction, a combination, or an uncertain future, you may have questions about your workplace rights. Here are the 10 legal protections you should know about.

Tell Your Legislator to Support the Child Care Is Essential Act

With many schools, camps, and child care facilities closed, millions of parents are left making impossible choices between raising their kids and earning a paycheck. This is not an individual issue. This is a systemic issue. And Congress must act now to put systems in place to support working parents.

DOL Affirms FMLA Protections for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Opinion Letter affirming the right of parents to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend meetings about their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or any other meeting pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Watch our Facebook Live Q&A with Working Mother

For answers to these and other questions about the law, check out the video here and see our brand new Worker’s Guide to New York Paid Family Leave, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to apply, a detailed FAQ, and sample language for how to address conflicts that may arise.

Working Families in New York Deserve Quality, Affordable Child Care

Working parents shouldn’t have to choose between their economic security and securing quality child care for their children. Yet millions of families struggle to afford this basic need. Without access to quality, affordable child care, many parents—particularly working mothers—are forced to leave the workforce altogether.

Back to School: Working Parents, Know Your Rights When Your Child Is Sick

Currently, a total of 10 states guarantee working parents the right to use earned sick time to care for their children when they are sick or in need of preventive care such as a yearly doctor’s checkup. Those states are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
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