family leave


Column: Michigan mamas of color cheer national paid leave and childcare proposals

BY: and - May 14, 2021

April ended on a high note, with a whirlwind of action in support of progressive paid leave and childcare policies. Between President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress and movement on these issues in Congress, federal policy supports for U.S. families are having a moment — and the nation’s mamas are here for […]

To win in 2020, Gilchrist says Dems must ‘meet people where they are’

BY: - March 6, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist definitely got people’s attention by endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden just four days before Michigan’s presidential primary. Gilchrist, who voted in 2016 for Biden’s main opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on Friday joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and other top officials in backing Biden. “This […]

Whitmer unveils $62B budget with boosts for education, environment, safety net

BY: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $61.9 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year starting Oct. 1, with significant boosts for K-12 education, environmental protection and safety net programs. Among her notable initiatives, Whitmer proposes to wipe out school lunch debt for Michigan students, offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave for state employees […]

Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will lawmakers do anything? 

BY: and - February 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave.  But they disagree on how to do it.  U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill last week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on […]

Congress reaches deal on paid family leave for federal employees   

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]

New: 2 Michigan Dems push for federal family leave changes

BY: - November 14, 2019

Updated, 1:33 p.m. 11/14/19 with comments from Rep. Levin Married couples who work for the same employer may be restricted in the amount of time off they can take under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but a new bipartisan bill seeks to expand the federal law.  U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and […]