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Lots of Other Countries Mandate Paid Leave. Why Not the U.S.?

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Lots of Other Countries Mandate Paid Leave. Why Not the U.S.?
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Political News from NPR
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dowgun

The aftermath of World War II, business lobbying, a diminished American labor movement, and the American love of individualism and bootstrap-pulling all have combined to help keep the U.S. alone in not giving its workers paid leave.

Richard Branson Gives Employees a Year of Paid Leave So They Can Watch Their Newborns Grow Up

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Richard Branson Gives Employees a Year of Paid Leave So They Can Watch Their Newborns Grow Up
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AddictingInfo.org
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Monique Valcour/EDHEC Business School

CEO of Virgin Group and rebel billionaire

Poll Finds 80 Percent Support Paid Leave; 85 Percent Support Sick Leave

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Poll Finds 80 Percent Support Paid Leave; 85 Percent Support Sick Leave
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New York Times
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Jerry A. Jacobs

In a Public Opinion Survey conducted by the New York Times and CBS News, the headline focuses on attitudes toward inequality.  You need to click on the graphic to see that 80 percent of Americans support paid leave and 85 percent support sick leave.

New Turnover Calculator Helps Employers Connect the Dots

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New Turnover Calculator Helps Employers Connect the Dots
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

This month the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) released a new turnover calculator, a straightforward tool that enables businesses to easily calculate their turnover costs by answering some basic questions. The tool produces figures that reflect the latest data on turnover costs.

The Dad Dividend

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The Dad Dividend
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The Guardian
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Judi C Casey

Children whose fathers take even short spells of paternity leave do better, according to a review by the OECD which examined longitudinal studies of children born around the turn of the century in America, Australia, Britain and Denmark.

Prepare versus Repair? On Social Investment for Single Parent Families

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Prepare versus Repair? On Social Investment for Single Parent Families
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Blog: Curving Normality

With the social investment paradigm increasingly present in European social policy making, I am very pleased to announce my newest publication, together with Laurie C. Maldonado. Our article “Prepare versus Repair? Combining Parental Leave and Family Allowances for Social Investment Against Single-Parent Poverty”, was published in the Belgian Review of Social Security, in an excellent special issue on child wellbeing. The special issue has contributions by experts including Dominic Richardson, Jonathan Bradshaw, and Gøsta Esping-Andersen.

 

Family Caregivers Who Lose Jobs Due to Care Responsibilities Often Don’t Receive Jobless Aid

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Family Caregivers Who Lose Jobs Due to Care Responsibilities Often Don’t Receive Jobless Aid
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CLASP NELP AARP
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Jodie Levin-Epstein

Workers who lose their jobs due to caring for older, sick, or disabled family members are unlikely to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, according to a new report, "Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers: An Analysis of State Rules and Practices."  This is the case despite provisions in some states' UI rules that are intended to address such situations.

Inequities in Paid Sick Days Access “No-Fault” Attendance Policies Show Need for Public Policy

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Inequities in Paid Sick Days Access “No-Fault” Attendance Policies Show Need for Public Policy
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CLASP
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Judi Casey

"Although many employers report that they provide paid sick time to most of their employees, few extend this crucial labor standard to all employees. The study, which surveyed over 1,000 employers with 50 or more employees, found that less than half--41 percent--offered all employees with at least one year on the job access to paid sick days. Another 46 percent said they offered most employees with one year of tenure paid sick days. (These numbers vary slightly for employers with paid time off (PTO) policies, which aggregate all forms of leave.

The Social Policy Context of Single Parent Families

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The Social Policy Context of Single Parent Families
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Policy & Politics Blog
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Rense Nieuwenhuis (Stockholm University)

"Our main contribution to the literature is our finding that family policies are beneficial for all families with children, and especially so for single-parent families.

200 Million Reasons to Support Paid Family and Medical Leave (containing new estimate of FMLA usage)

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200 Million Reasons to Support Paid Family and Medical Leave (containing new estimate of FMLA usage)
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Huffington Post
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Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women & Families

In this blog for the Huffington Post, National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra L. Ness explains the National Partnership's new calculation that the FMLA has been used more than 200 million times. Here's an excerpt:

"This year, we sought to determine just how big an impact the FMLA has had these last 22 years. The result tells a bittersweet story about our nation — one of progress, problems and possibility.

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