BBC News Flash: UK Mums & Dads Take the Lead on Leave

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This just in via the BBC (“Business” section, mind you): Under a new law, effective today, 285,000 working couples are eligible to share the care between their babies’ birth and first birthday, or within a year of adoption.

They’re entitled to 50 weeks, 37 of them paid—and, are you ready?—after a compulsory leave of two weeks for mothers. How compassionate. Why, who would even consider that women might need any time after laboring to bring a precious specimen of human capital into the world? And, oh so flexible: this shared leave can be taken in one block, . . . Read full article →

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Tenicka Boyd Opts out of the Opt-Out Movement

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This April Fool’s Day, Tenicka Boyd’s voice wafted over the Brooklyn Bridge from P.S. 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn—an elementary school whose kindergarteners enjoy visits from the likes of Betsy Lewin, a writer and illustrator of stories for children.

A parent at the school, she is director of organizing for StudentsFirstNY, a “leading voice for students who depend on public education for the skills they need to succeed, but who are too often failed by a system that puts special interests, rather than the interests of children, first.” Among those who sit on the board of directors are . . . Read full article →

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New York's Real Wealth Producers are Hungry for Paid Family Leave

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Huffington Post—This was the winter of discontent for New York’s parents. Strep, sub-zero temps, tantrums. Then Andrew Cuomo declared he had no appetite for paid family leave. The governor may be a glutton for women’s equality. Still, there’s only so much equalizing one can do. He had just unveiled a new policy to address the growing crisis of sexual assault on college campuses.

But where has he been? The United States is the only advanced economy without a national paid-leave law. Only three states—California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—offer this critical support for working men and women. Even Human . . . Read full article →

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