October marks National Work and Family Month, thirty-one days dedicated to encouraging employers across the country to pause and consider how their organizational practices, programs and policies support employees in their efforts to achieve professional and personal success. In addition to raising the minimum wage, strengthening workers’ right to organize, providing fair scheduling practices and supporting protections guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, one issue remains at the forefront of truly providing a “family-friendly” workplace environment: paid family and medical leave.
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…
I am a school teacher in Hartford teaching Pre-K. My official job title is CDA. I only get 6/8 weeks of maternity leave. You only get paid for the time you accrue. I did not have much accrued, being that I’ve only been there 2.5 years and was sick a lot in the beginning of…
For the past month, the Campaign for Paid Family Leave has been hard at work advocating in support of HB 6932 – An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave. Click to find out the latest about our efforts.