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Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business

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Op-ed (published opinion/editorial)
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Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business
Source: 
Wall Street Journal
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Judi C Casey

When we increased paid maternity leave to 18 from 12 weeks in 2007, the rate at which new moms left Google fell by 50%. (We also increased paternity leave to 12 weeks from seven, as we know that also has a positive effect on families and our business.) Mothers were able to take the time they needed to bond with their babies and return to their jobs feeling confident and ready. And it's much better for Google's bottom line--to avoid costly turnover, and to retain the valued expertise, skills and perspective of our employees who are mothers.

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind

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News Article
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Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind
Source: 
New York Times
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Kay Dowgun

 

The U.S. was once a world leader in women's employment.  But no more, as a lack of family-friendly policies may be taking its toll.  While rates of employment for women have been rising in many other coutries, they have declined in the U.S., falling to 69 percent from 74 percent since the year 1999.

Modern Staff Motivation: An Infographic

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Infographic
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Modern Staff Motivation: An Infographic
Source: 
Towergate
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Judi C Casey

For employers in any sector of work, successfully motivating your employees is vital in terms of maintaining not only a workforce but also a healthy business. For everyone involved in the workspace this particular notion has been clear for a long time, though as traditional workplace paradigms begin to shift and the definition of what it means to be an employee in a modern work environment evolve, there are bound to be new motivation methods taking hold.

From Here to Paternity: How Paid Leave for Dads Helps Women at Work

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News Article
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From Here to Paternity: How Paid Leave for Dads Helps Women at Work
Source: 
The Verge
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Judi C Casey

Surprise! More rights for dads means more equality for working moms

Trickier Time-Off Policies as Employers Test New Ideas

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News Article
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Trickier Time-Off Policies as Employers Test New Ideas
Source: 
New York Times
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Judi Casey

This shows how bewildering paid leave has become. The conventional way most people think of it -- established time off for vacation (which increases the longer someone works at one place), sick days and maybe a few personal days thrown in -- is changing. But with that shift, it's not always clear what employees are gaining and what they are losing.

TMZ, Rock and Roll, Flextime, Paternity Leave and Football: Work-Family News Roundup, November 2014

Type of News Item: 
Blog
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TMZ, Rock and Roll, Flextime, Paternity Leave and Football: Work-Family News Roundup, November 2014
Source: 
Fathers, Work and Family (http://FathersWorkandFamily.com)
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Scott Behson, PhD

TMZ, Rock and Roll, Flextime, Paternity Leave and Football: Work-Family News Roundup, November 2014

Here’s a monthly round-up of my favorite fathers, work and family-related news and analysis from the past month.

http://fathersworkandfamily.com/2014/11/20/tmz-rock-and-roll-flextime-paternity-leave-and-football-work-family-news-roundup-november-2014/

ILO Report on Maternity and Paternity Laws and Practices

Type of News Item: 
Report
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ILO Report on Maternity and Paternity Laws and Practices
Source: 
International Labor Organization

The study reviews national law and practice on both maternity and paternity at work in 185 countries and territories including leave, benefits, employment protection, health protection, breastfeeding arrangements at work and childcare.

American Business Should Take the Lead on Paid Parental Leave

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Blog
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American Business Should Take the Lead on Paid Parental Leave
Source: 
Huffington Post

"It's time for us to close that gap, and businesses specifically should realize the power they have to provide fair and equal leave for their employees. As we at change.org announce 18 weeks of fully-paid leave for all parents, the challenge to other U.S. companies is this: business leaders should step up and offer paid parental leave -- for all parents -- at least at the FMLA minimum of 12 weeks."

Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma

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News Article
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Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma
Source: 
New York Times
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Monique Valcour, EDHEC Business School

Fantastic article on paternity leave. Taking paternity leave yields fantastic benefits for fathers in their role as parents. However, there is still a stigma attached to taking paternity leave in some organizations. Fathers who take paternity leave can suffer the same kind of discrimination as mothers who take maternity leave, suggesting that the ideal worker norm is still alive and well for both men and women.

Russell Sage Foundation Future of Work Program

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Other
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Russell Sage Foundation Future of Work Program
Source: 
announcement
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Jerry A. Jacobs

NB: The Russell Sage Future of Work grant program includes work and family issues, in particular, evaluations of state and local paid leave and other initiatives in the US.

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