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Interviews with Our Champions: Merrill Gay

Why do you support paid family leave? As an advocate of early childhood issues I know the importance of the earliest years in a child’s life.  Establishing a strong bond between parents and their baby is critically important.  I find it inconceivable that we recognize that puppies shouldn’t be taken from their mothers before 8 … Continue reading Interviews with Our Champions: Merrill Gay

Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics, Milford

I am the owner of Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics in Milford, Connecticut. We’re a small, family-owned business founded by my great grandfather in 1921. We specialize in comfortable, everyday footwear for men, women and kids. We have 6 employees, all of whom have worked here for over 6 years. We have little, if any … Continue reading Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics, Milford

Worry. Work. Repeat: Life Without Paid Leave

Have you ever encountered one of those ridiculous stock images of a working mother juggling a smiling baby on her lap as she joyfully types on her computer, seemingly completing endless assignments with ease? Jessica Shortall noticed that these photos are all over the place and she decided to take a stand. In her phenomenal … Continue reading Worry. Work. Repeat: Life Without Paid Leave

How Not Having Paid Maternity Leave Hurt a Middletown Resident’s Economic Stability

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 … Continue reading How Not Having Paid Maternity Leave Hurt a Middletown Resident’s Economic Stability

Siblings Aren’t Family?

For the Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave, the inclusion of siblings under FMLA’s definition of family is a focal point of its push for a bill next legislative session that would enact a statewide system of paid family leave.