Paid Family Leave

COMMENTARY

Caregivers are voters to reckon with this November

BY: - October 29, 2020

I say goodbye to a different part of my mother every day. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, my mother’s Alzheimer’s disease has gotten worse — faster — than in the 13 years since she was diagnosed. First, she stopped recognizing me, the eldest of her five children, even though we live together. Today, at 83, my […]

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Coronavirus crisis reinforces need for paid sick days during the outbreak — and in the future

BY: - March 18, 2020

Every day, working Ohioans need access to paid sick days to address short-term health conditions for both themselves and their families, and these needs are amplified during a public health crisis like the current COVID-19 outbreak. The coronavirus has exposed vast shortfalls in our state’s social safety net programs, demonstrating the reality that many working […]

Paid family and medical leave supporters say statewide program good for business, employees

BY: - February 13, 2020

The effect of a lack of paid family leave on small businesses and women of color were significant issues brought up in the second hearing on a bill to provide a statewide leave program. A small businessowner and mother argued that paid family and medical leave made good business sense, but wasn’t always affordable for […]

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Air National Guardsman: Don’t leave military families out of paid leave conversation

BY: - January 29, 2020

As a veteran and current member of the Air National Guard, my unit and I can be activated to respond to natural, man-made, or terrorist initiated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) disasters and additional hazards in as little as six hours within our state or across the country.  However, if I were to […]

Brown pushes DeWine on kinship care, national poll shows caregivers could be major voting bloc

BY: - January 28, 2020

As a movement crosses the country promoting paid family leave expansion, a national poll found that caregivers could be a major voting bloc in the next election, and a U.S. senator from Ohio is urging the state to help fund this growing population. Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on Gov. Mike DeWine […]

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Paid family and medical leave would help families, boost economy

BY: - January 28, 2020

Family is the backbone of our country. It’s important for people to be able to care for their family when it matters most — at birth, when a personal medical crisis strikes, or when a family member is facing a long term illness and requires care. Paid family and medical leave is an investment in […]

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Ohio has a caregiving crisis — let’s talk about it

BY: - December 13, 2019

What do you think of when you hear paid family leave? Much of this week’s news coverage has highlighted policies that help new parents take leave to welcome a new baby. It makes sense. The U.S. remains the only industrialized country not to guarantee new parents paid leave, and, in fact, one in four new […]

Congress reaches deal on paid parental leave for federal employees

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]

Push is on to pass a paid family leave bill; advocates say it’s needed more than ever

BY: - December 2, 2019

Debates are frequent surrounding the legitimacy of baby boomer life advice and the struggle of the millennial, but public policy analysts say there’s another demographic facing a struggle right now: the “sandwich” generation. The term represents a group in the state and country that are caught in the middle, raising young children, but also acting […]