America is the only modern, industrialized country that does not offer paid maternity leave to new mothers. And in the U.S., 51 percent of new mothers lack paid leave from their employers. Now, a new study finds that many of those women who do have maternity leave from employers aren't using it in full.
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When Bill Clinton signed the Federal Medical Leave Act into law in 1993, it was hailed as a triumph for women and families. The FMLA permitted most workers to take three months of unpaid leave when seriously ill, or to care for a baby or sick relative. But 20 years later, optimism has been replaced with... Read More »
Inside the Beltway, the debate continues to rage over the smartest way to spur growth. Tax cuts? Tax hikes? Investing in infrastructure? Better regulations? Print more money?
But none of these are the answer, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of 34... Read More »
LOS ANGELES -- Jurors awarded nearly $777,000 Tuesday to a former "The Price is Right" model who claimed that she was discriminated against by producers because of her pregnancy.
Brandi Cochran, 41, said she was rejected by the game show's producers when she tried to return to work in early 2010 after taking... Read More »
By her own account, Tara Tan was a hard worker, pulling 80 to 100 hours a week as a manager at the upscale Standard hotel in New York City's trendy Meatpacking District.
But when it came time for Tan to take time off to have her second child, she was denied maternity leave and forced to give birth to her... Read More »
In the U.K., there's a proposal afoot to allow either parent to get a parental allowance for most of the first year of a child's life. Currently, (if I'm reading the U.K.'s literature right) mothers get the first 6 weeks at 90 percent pay, and then can take the next 33 weeks at a state allowance (that's the... Read More »
Back in April, Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen reignited the mommy wars for 72 frenzied hours when she said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, had "never worked a day in her life."
Republicans roared and Democrats bristled. "My career choice was to be a mother," Ann Romney... Read More »
A few hours after Yahoo announced to the world that Marissa Mayer would be its new CEO, Mayer announced to the world that she was six months pregnant. She was going to work until her due date, she told Fortune magazine, and would only take a few weeks off with her newborn.
It was a bold declaration. Now, a... Read More »
So what is the real reason more women aren't running big businesses? In their unguarded moments, some male execs and business owners may tell you: It's because they have babies.
Sure, women are talented and driven, but these men will say: When women have babies, they take time out of the workforce which is... Read More »
By Julie Feinberg
It's all well and good to want to have it all with a successful career and family life. But most women who want children at some point face a big dilemma: How do you take time off with the new baby without killing your chances for advancement and increased earnings?
Of women who go... Read More »
"What time do you want me to start work?" That's the question a new hire recently asked me. She looked a little startled by my reply.
"I don't care."
But it was the truth. I didn't care-and I never have-what hours are kept by the people who work for me. You could say I'm the opposite of a control freak,... Read More »
For the first time in U.S. history most new mothers are receiving paid maternity leave. The U.S. Census Bureau tracked 3.1 million first-time mothers, who worked while pregnant between 2006 and 2008, and found that 51 percent received paid leave. That's a leap from 42 percent between 1996 and 2000, and the... Read More »
The U.S. offers women no paid maternity leave. When Harvard and McGill studied maternity leave in 181 countries, the U.S. was one of only three countries that failed to guarantee leave with any compensation. The others were Papua New Guinea and Swaziland. There are potential health risks, speculated the... Read More »
A federal judge has dismissed a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed against Bloomberg LP, citing lack of evidence in the case brought by the federal government on behalf of pregnant employees and women returning from maternity leave.
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Being a mother is a 24/7 job. Add in another 40-plus hours outside the home and you're talking about some really fuzzy math. When school visits, another child, and the desire to balance it all gets added in, the chances of also having an understanding boss may seem less likely than a big year-end... Read More »
You've just had a baby. Six foggy, hormonal, exhausting weeks of adjusting to being a parent fly by -- then you wake up (did you ever go to sleep?) and find it's time to return to work. Your body is still recovering, you're finally getting into the rhythm of breastfeeding and that little bundle of chaos is just... Read More »
The At-Work Force vs. The SAHM Workforce
If you have ever been a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) or taken maternity leave, you are familiar with the challenges of leaving the at-workforce and being part of a different kind of workforce, the one that is never-ending, grueling, and the... Read More »