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.
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.
The New York Times Parents published two great guides for workers navigating conversations with their employers regarding parental leave.
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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 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.
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.
Knowing your rights is the first step to asserting your rights. A Better Balance has a variety of online resources to help you better understand your workplace rights around caring for yourself and for loved ones.
Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women. One factor lays at the root of this devastating statistic: systemic racism.
We can have both paid leave now and a secure Social Security system for our retirement. States are leading the way with paid leave laws that are already working for real families and a federal bill, the FAMILY Act, could provide comprehensive, sustainable paid leave nationwide.