"But in many ways, schools have not updated their policies to adapt to this changed world, and this means that large numbers of working parents must split their time between being a committed parent and being a committed working professional.
This report, then, aims to answer three questions:
How misaligned are school and work schedules?
What can schools do to support parents as they try to meet their obligations to their employers and to their children?
How can schools and districts pay for this effort?
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Partnership for Women & Families have released an updated version of our employer paid leave chart, New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016), which highlights new paid family leave policies announced from 2015 through the present by high-profile companies. Of note is that recently, two companies, Deloitte and Discovery Communications, have begun providing family leave that allows for elder care and care for a seriously ill family member.
"Called Shyft, the app emerged from Seattle Techstars, an accelerator program that backs promising startups. With little marketing and no cooperation from major retailers, Shyft says it has signed up 12,000 workers at US Starbucks stores, more than 7,500 at McDonald's, and 3,500-plus at Old Navy. In the past three months, workers have exchanged the equivalent of 26,000 hours on the app, according to Shyft chief executive officer Brett Patrontasch.
Watch: Senate Briefing on Work and Family Policies in the United States and Canada held on June 22, 2016
IWPR and the Work and Family Researchers Network coordinated a briefing, "New Health and Economic Research on Work and Family Policies in the United States and Canada," sponsored by Senator Patty Murray.
Panelists presented current research on the benefits of family leave policies, who accesses benefits, and barriers to usage.
WFRN members LeaAnne DeRigne and Patricia Stoddard-Dare
Two WFRN members, Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne (Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Patricia Stoddard-Dare (Cleveland State University), published a recent article titled "Workers without paid sick leave less likely to take time off work for illness or injury compared to those with paid sick leave." The article was widely covered by the main stream media with TV reports, radio pieces and many newspaper and online news citations. Forbes and US News and World Report covered the article.
In recognition of the Family and Medical Leave Act's 23rd anniversary, the National Partnership for Women & Families commissioned new national polling data to measure public support for paid family and medical leave and updated our FMLA Q & A guide.
Debra I. Schafer, Executive Advisor; Founder/CEO, Education Navigation, LLC
Parental leave is very much a "hot topic" for working parents and now, for companies, and there's progress being made in this area. Yet there are millions of working parents/employees whose needs are not being met so we still have a long way to go.