At a time when many companies are cutting back on work-life benefits, others are going all in. Imagine having just welcomed a new child and gearing up to return to work from parental leave. Then, the COVID-19 crisis hits. You’re working from home with no child care. You’re not returning to the physical office — you’re … Continued
A version of this article appeared on the Oregon Business Magazine website on April 11, 2017. The words “mandated paid family leave” tend to cause a mild panic in the hearts, minds and pocket books of small business owners. “We can’t afford this! We’ll have to lay people off! We’ll go under!” It’s an understandable fear, especially … Continued
When a mother brings home her little bundle of joy, she’s bringing home the biggest responsibility of her life. She is now in charge of another human being. She sweats to protect and guide her child through life’s most vulnerable period: childhood. Sadly, this is not fully recognized and appreciated in our society as the … Continued
and Sue Campbell Last year, Bora Architects, a mid-sized firm in Portland, Oregon, realized a valued employee was facing an unpaid parental leave. While many of the firm’s 65 employees are architects who could somehow manage to stay financially afloat for twelve weeks without pay, their receptionist, a single mom and one of the lowest … Continued
As we’ve seen from recent announcements from big corporations such as EY, Twitter, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola, as well as cities and states like San Fransisco and New York, the workplace climate around parental leave and family friendly policies is rapidly changing. In fact, if you’re a business considering paid leave it now looks like you are … Continued
I just had to write a short note to explain the loud celebrating you may have heard from us on April 2nd. When I dreamed up the Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPLL) while living in NYC over 9 years ago, the idea of paid leave was a goal, but one I was repeatedly told … Continued
New Consultancy is First in U.S. to Focus Exclusively on Parental Leave Research, Policy and Practice. The Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPL Leadership) is pleased to announce its expansion to the United States, making it the only U.S.-based consulting and coaching practice solely dedicated to shifting our parental leave culture through improved policy and … Continued
We have some mixed emotions about the fact that so many thought provoking and dare we say, GREAT, videos are coming out — and they are advertisements. But if this helps one mother, and doesn’t hurt another, we approve. Plus it hit us in the feels. Hard.
Ellen Bravo says it so well: “On the one hand, we’re delighted to see a male elected official talk about spending time with children,” said Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work, a coalition in 21 states working for family-friendly policies. “This is just what we want and we know about the double … Continued
Lots of head-nodding as we read through this piece in the New York Times. Work/life balance issues are not solved by being in a higher income bracket. “The struggle is real,” as they say.