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Why the United States still needs paid family and medical leave

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) yesterday reintroduced their bill to establish a federal paid family and medical leave program—the FAMILY Act. First introduced in 2013, the bill would give mothers and fathers 12 weeks of job-protected leave at 66 percent wage replacement—funded by a 0.4 percent increase in the payroll tax, split evenly between employers and employees. morenext

From The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, February 08, 2017

By supporting overtime rule fix, President-elect Trump can keep his promises to workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Donald Trump has been elected president in large part by massive numbers of Americans frustrated with their stagnant wages, disappearing benefits, fraying supports, and more. To answer their call for greater economic stability, President-elect Trump should work to reinvigorate the overtime rule. morenext

From Cleveland Plain-Dealer, December 11, 2016

Giving Every Child a Monthly Check for an Even Start

How can it be that the United States spends so much money fighting poverty and still suffers one of the highest child poverty rates among advanced nations? One in five American children is poor by the count of LIS, a data archive tracking well-being and deprivation around the world. morenext

From The New York Times, October 18, 2016

Who’s Watching the Kids?

Imagine an hourly employee being offered a raise and saying, “No thanks, not now.” Some poor working parents face that tough decision too often. The problem is that even a modest raise can push a family’s income over the top limit to qualify for publicly funded child care assistance. morenext

From National Conference of State Legislatures, October 14, 2016

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Three Things We Know Work for Children and Families

Three Things We Know Work for Children and Families

February 22, 2017Read Full Post

Statement on Immigration Executive Order: Leaders Warn it Will Hurt Low-Income Families

Statement on Immigration Executive Order: Leaders Warn it Will Hurt Low-Income Families

February 08, 2017Read Full Post