Only one industrialized nation does not have a federal paid family leave law -- the United States of America. However, it appears that might be changing with small, but steady steps. New York most recently became the fourth U.S. state to add its own paid family leave law to make sure private employers allow workers to take time off with at least partial pay so they may care for a new child in the family or for a sick loved one. Washington state passed a law years ago but never enacted it because of funding issues. Connecticut's legislature introduced bills in 2017 that only received … [Read more...]
Welcome to the family-friendly 21st century, New York! When the ball dropped in Times Square to usher in the New Year, it also brought in a new state law that makes most of the 6.4 million people who work for private employers in New York state eligible for paid family leave. Starting in 2018, qualified employees can take up to eight weeks a year of paid leave at half their average weekly wage (up to $652) to: bond with and care for a newly born, adopted or fostered child; care for a relative with a serious health condition; or help loved ones when a family member is deployed … [Read more...]
The January/February issue of The Atlantic magazine has an interesting piece called “The Daddy Track” that discusses how places with liberal paternity leave policies not only help make men more involved, active fathers but also help women in the workplace and at home.
And, of course, it features quotes from a couple of our NYC Dads Group guys: co-founder Lance Somerfeld and member Rich Gallagher.
The article, by Liza Mundy, notes that such workplace policies are helping change business and individual attitudes about the importance of fatherhood: "The brilliance of “daddy … [Read more...]