Paid Family Leave

New Study Shows Paid Parental Leave Has Mental Health Benefits

January 17, 2023
A new meta study published in The Lancet finds that parental leave, especially paid leave, has numerous benefits, both for parental health and economic health, and leave is especially beneficial for mothers.

In A Big Win for Pregnant Workers, Senate Passes PWFA and PUMP

January 4, 2023
With bipartisan support, the United States Senate passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act in December.

Senior Associates Cover "Workplace Protections For Employees Seeking Abortion Care" for Law360

July 22, 2022
In the days and weeks following the Dobbs decision, several national employers ranging from Disney to Tesla have stepped up to offer travel benefits for their employees who must seek abortion care in another state. Learn more about what employees should consider before disclosing their need for abortion to their employer.

Chamber of Mothers Spreads Awareness and Advocacy for Paid Family Leave

November 18, 2021
Chamber of Mothers is a newly formed group by moms and for moms, currently focusing on advocating for federal paid leave.

Paid Family Leave in the Balance

October 28, 2021
Conservative Democratic Senators continue to whittle away the President’s signature social spending plan, and paid family leave is heading for the chopping block, an incredible blow to families already struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Childcare and Paid Leave Funding Part of $1.8tn “American Families Plan” 

April 29, 2021
In a speech to a joint session of Congress, President Biden unveiled the “The American Families Plan,” the third part of the president’s push to power a post-pandemic recovery. Along with the $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus and a proposal for an infrastructure plan that would earmark $2.3 trillion to upgrade roads, bridges, railroads, and the country’s aging power grid, the American Families Plan seeks to fund a wide range of initiatives to address deep-lying problems on the job market that the pandemic exposed, and hopefully help the more than 2 million women who left the workforce in 2020 to return.

New Study Finds No Negative Effects in NYS Paid Family Leave 

April 16, 2021
The results of a three-year study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated that paid family leave policies do not have a negative effect for employers.

Berke-Weiss Law PLLC Releases Training Video Focused on Family and Medical Leave

March 22, 2021
If you need to brush up on FMLA and other questions pertaining to leave, including how FMLA works with New York State Paid Family Leave, we have a new training video from an event with Park Slope Parents that provides answers to many issues about family and medical leave and what you need to know.

After 28 Years, Pandemic Makes Federal Paid Family Leave a Possibility

February 12, 2021
The last time family leave provisions were expanded in the US was mere weeks after Bill Clinton was inaugurated in 1993. The Family and Medical Leave Act provided unpaid leave for certain employees for family and medical reasons. And then, nothing. For 28 years. Now the FAMILY Act is pending in Congress.

New Report Shows Paid Family and Sick Leave Essential for Women Remaining in the Workforce

February 1, 2021
A recent report from the Paid Leave for the US (PL+US), one of the leading campaigns to deliver federal-level paid family and medical leave has important findings about issues near to our hearts and our practice.

Paid Maternity Leave Finds an Unlikely Champion, But Is That Enough?

January 8, 2021
On the heels of some important wins for paid leave in the 2020 election, paid maternity leave has found a new supporter. One who you might not have expected: conservative co-host of The View Megan McCain. The challenge is, as Monica Hesse notes, “how we can speed up this process so that it doesn’t require every leave-denier to personally birth a child before they also get on board.”

Historic Victory for Paid Family Leave in Colorado

November 12, 2020
While much of the post-election attention has been focused on the presidential race, there has been little said about what looks to be a historic victory for working Coloradans, who have chosen to join eight other states, including New York, and Washington D.C. in providing paid family leave for new parents as well as those dealing with a family emergency. This is the first paid family leave law to be won through a ballot initiative, rather than implemented by elected officials.

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