When I was pregnant, I had a vivid dream. I gave birth to a baby boy and nursing him was a cinch. Spoiler alert: neither of those things happened.
We’ve been together for 22 years. I know this timing is a little awkward with our Anniversary, but the conversation is much overdue. At the time (1993), you were one of a kind – an absolute milestone for the entire nation. You’re the only federal program that provides job protection for employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their place of work in a 12-month period. You’ve been used more than 200 million times!
In case you missed it, the Campaign for Paid Family Leave enjoyed significant success this past legislative session. Before reaching a halt in the House and Senate, the bill (HB 6932: An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave) passed both the Labor and Appropriations Committees with bipartisan support. Over the past five months of…
We know many of you are wondering what the status of this years paid family & medical leave bill is. Although the bill did not ultimately pass during Connecticut’s legislative session that ended in early June, we’re really proud of how far we’ve come.
Nationwide, nearly 87% of workers do not have access to paid family leave. Seeking to improve this statistic, White House officials and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez recently embarked on a national “Lead on Leave” road tour where they meet with workers, businesses and local officials to discuss the benefits of paid leave.
Both my husband and I are both college educated. I have a master’s degree and my husband has a bachelors. We fall outside the scope of the population most likely to use assistance programs like WIC and we envisioned more opportunities for success but supporting our growing family proved more difficult than we expected.
It was a serious tough time and then due to my baby getting jaundice and having some serious weight gain issues, I was unable to get any summer work to supplement the missed income. Pretty much ever since, we have lived paycheck to paycheck and sometimes juggling which bill gets paid on time and which doesn’t.
We have so much momentum going right now in support of House Bill 6932, An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave which would allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off (at 100% of their pay up to a $1,000 a week maximum) to care for a new baby (both moms and…