What We’re Learning from FMLA Thirty Years On

Celebrating FMLA and 30 Years of UNPAID Job-Protected Leave At the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, we’re reflecting on how far we’ve come toward economic and health justice in the last three decades since the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law, while also looking to the future of paid family and … Continued

FMLA is Twenty-Five! A Roundup of Anniversary Articles and Resources

Happy Anniversary to the Family and Medical Leave Act! Since it’s inception in 1993, FMLA has been used over 200 million times! That’s a huge impact on American’s families — for whom using the law meant their job was protected so they could care for themselves or their loved ones. While FMLA provides job protection for … Continued

Busting the Biggest Myth About Proposed Paid Leave Laws

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

Busting the Biggest Myth About Proposed Paid Leave Laws

Many small business owners worry about paid leave laws being a burden to them. In this opinion piece for Oregon Business Magazine, our founder, Dr. Amy Beacom, explains how such laws can actually help small business and why small business owners should get involved in the movement to pass a state wide paid family leave … Continued

A Bold Move to Retain Women in STEM While Supporting Men to be Equal Caregivers: PAE Announces Generous Gender-Neutral Paid Leave Policy

It’s pretty shocking: 40% of women who enter the engineering field leave by mid-career. 40%! That’s a BIG problem. Today, we’re proud to tell you about a client of ours working for change. PAE, a West Coast engineering firm, just announced a generous paid “Wellness Leave” policy that provides up to 6 weeks of full … Continued

New Findings: What Voters Think About Paid Leave

  We’re poring over the results of new research conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families on election eve and election night that took the pulse of voters on issues related to paid leave. Here were a few findings that stood out to us: Voters of all partisan affiliations agree that it is … Continued

Leave Leader Spotlight: EY

This past April, EY, a global professional services firm, made an eye-catching announcement about expanding parental leave and surrogacy benefits for its US employees. EY’s new policy grants 16 weeks of paid parental leave for both men and women welcoming a child through birth, adoption or foster care. We sat down with Ellen Williams, an … Continued

A Short Note From Our Founder

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