paid leave

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — When paid family leave was briefly dropped from congressional Democrats’ massive social spending and climate bill earlier this fall, the outcry was swift. Women and caregivers suddenly were calling lawmakers and advocates, and they were sharing their own stories on social media in huge numbers, said Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better measure […]

Paid leave advocates still hopeful of federal spending bill, state-level support

BY: - November 22, 2021

Paid leave has been on the minds of advocates in Ohio for many years, and they’re seeing the possibility for better leave options as federal legislation heads from the U.S. House to the Senate. At a meeting of the Ohio Children’s Legislative Caucus, members of the General Assembly heard from those who want to see […]

Advocates see Biden’s families plan as step forward

BY: - April 30, 2021

As part of his plans post-State of the Union, President Joe Biden introduced the “American Families Plan,” targeting low-income families, child care and paid leave. Ohio advocacy groups say these steps would help move the country forward post-pandemic, and address issues they’ve been fighting for in the state for a long time. “For decades, state […]

Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials now face trying to reach Americans unable or unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses within his first 100 days in office. To aid in that push, Biden on Wednesday called on employers to give their workers time off […]

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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 […]

New federal sick leave law – who’s eligible, who’s not and how many weeks do you get

BY: - March 24, 2020

On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. The legislation is an emergency intervention to provide paid leave and other support to millions of workers sidelined by school closures, quarantines and caregiving. An obvious question you’re probably wondering is, “How will it affect me?” The bad news is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]