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US Navy Triples Maternity Leave To 18 Paid Weeks

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Our government may not have beefed up the federal maternity leave policy just yet, but our military is paving the way, tripling the amount of paid leave previously offered to female sailors and marines. During a speech at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in May, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal that... Read more

Richard Branson Offers A Year Of Parental Leave To Virgin Employees

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It makes sense that if anyone were to one-up all existing parental leave policies, it would be Richard Branson. Yesterday, the Virgin Group founder unveiled plans to offer a year of full paid leave for new moms and new dads. "If you take care of your employees they will take care of your business. That... Read more

John Oliver Criticizes US Maternity Leave

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We talk about the United States's less-than-stellar parental leave policy a lot. And chances are you've already experienced it. But in honor of Mother's Day, John Oliver is spreading the word to his HBO audience on Last Week Tonight. And with a mix of humor and sincere frustration, we're hoping his message gets taken seriously.... Read more

Big News for Women on Wall Street

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New moms on Wall Street: You're getting an extra four weeks of fully-paid maternity leave! That may be a sweeping statement. But the world’s largest private equity firm, Blackstone Group, is extending its maternity leave benefits from 12 weeks at full pay to 16 weeks in an attempt to appeal to more women. “The financial services... Read more

Working Moms By the Numbers

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The recent revival of the Young v. UPS case brought pregnant workers' rights front and center. Should they be entitled to the same workplace accommodations given to similarly restricted workers? Yes, the Supreme Court ruled, although Young will have to take her case back down to the Fourth Circuit. Why the fixation on a case... Read more

Two States Taking the Lead on Reforming Maternity Leave

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By now, you've probably learned that our national maternity leave policy is critically lacking. But at the state and city level, we might just be making progress. The fact that the US is the only industrialized country that doesn't federally mandate paid maternity leave is frustrating to working parents. We do have the Family and... Read more

The Most Progressive Maternity Policy We've Seen Yet

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Reduced hours on a full salary? Sixteen weeks of paid time off, minimum? It's the maternity leave policy of dreams. And one telecommunications company is making it worldwide company policy by the end of the year. Vodafone Group announced a global minimum for its maternity leave policy on Friday, mandating all 30 of its companies... Read more

Paid Leave Keeps More Moms in the Workplace

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It's a startling fact you've probably heard before: The United States is the only developed country that doesn't offer paid maternity leave. Employers can offer some sort of compensated leave, but only 59 percent of workers say this is the case at their companies. With an immediate drop off in income and no subsidized childcare, women without paid... Read more

White House Summit on Working Families — What You Need to Know

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In the first-ever Summit on Working Families, President Obama came forward as an advocate for working parents, vowing to make working conditions in the United States more conducive to raising kids. "When members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something's wrong," the President said in an Read more

6 Things I Loved and 5 More I Hated About Going Back to Work After Baby

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Many people have asked me how life has settled since returning back to work three weeks ago. Most wonder if it is more difficult to leave home after having your second child and many want to know if it’s possible to be productive at work when your baby still isn’t sleeping through the... Read more