WATCH: Senator Gillibrand & The FAMILY Act

WATCH: Senator Gillibrand & The FAMILY Act


Sen. Gillibrand (NY) visits MasterCard headquarters to highlight their family friendly policies. She and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) are Co-Sponsors of the FAMILY Act.

The US leads the world in many areas, but it lags behind in the area of paid maternal & family leave, one of only a handful of countries yet to adopt this global standard. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand seeks to address the gap with new legislation. The FAMILY Act would create an independent trust, funded by employer/employee contributions (about the cost of a cup of coffee per week), based on programs already underway at the state level. Under the Family & Medical Leave Law (of 1993), employees may take time off for serious health related issues, but nearly half cannot afford to do so because it’s unpaid.

Source: The New York Times: “Children’s Chances: How Countries Can Move From Surviving to Thriving” by Jody Heymann With Kristen McNeill

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NY Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins tells Feminomics she is behind efforts to enact paid family leave in the NY State, similar to laws guaranteeing 6 weeks of paid leave in California and New Jersey. And in New York City, Mayor Bill DeBlasio has announced he will expand the right to paid sick leave to cover all workers at businesses with 5 or more employees.

Paid Parental Leave the Standard at Top Companies

Working Mother encourages companies to vie for a spot on their “100 Best Companies” list for working mothers. Firms undergo an in-depth review of their practices, competing against hundreds of their peers. Below is a table of where their 100 Best Companies stand on paid parental leave — and here’s a summary of their 2013 findings.

Source: 100 Best Companies 2013 —

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