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Wed Feb 5

Op-Ed: As The FMLA Turns 21, Efforts To Build On Its Success Are Stronger – And More Important – Than Ever

The following is from Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

One year ago today, workers, advocates and lawmakers across the country recognized the historic 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by celebrating its tremendous success in allowing workers to take job-protected, unpaid leave more than 100 million times. We called on lawmakers to prioritize policies that advance family friendly policies in America. Today, on the law’s 21st anniversary, we can point to considerable progress.

Now more than ever, the country is well positioned to build on the success of the FMLA. Nationwide, seven paid sick days laws and three paid family leave programs are in place.* Since this time last year, Colorado and California expanded access to their state FMLA laws; Portland, Ore.New York CityJersey City, N.J., and the District of Columbia established new paid sick days standards; Rhode Island became the third state with a paid family leave program; and there have been exciting and promising campaigns around similar policies in more than 20 other jurisdictions. Read more »

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Dec 14, 2012

Making Sense Of 2nd Congressional District Special Election A Daunting Task For Voters

The special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress is already chaotic, with seven declared Democratic candidates, an erstwhile favorite bringing a gun into an airport and talk that Jackson’s brother will throw his hat in the ring. Progress Illinois takes a look at the race thus far.