Don’t Get Blindsided by Family-Leave Laws

Ever wonder what a typical case of family-responsibility discrimination involving elder care might look like? Consider this scenario laid out in a piece by Tom Spiggle that posted on the Huffington Post in June: “You have an elderly parent who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He requires continuous care. You have worked at the same job for five years with … Continue reading Don’t Get Blindsided by Family-Leave Laws

No Movement on Maternity Leave

Despite a host of factors that would suggest otherwise, the number of U.S. women taking maternity leave has changed very little in the last two-plus decades. So says a new study from Ohio State University, which finds that, on average, roughly 273,000 women in the United States took maternity leave each month between the years … Continue reading No Movement on Maternity Leave

Amex Joins Parental-Leave Parade

American Express is the latest to board the parental-leave bandwagon. It is announcing today a significant step up in its benefits, not just to new moms and dads, but to those wishing to be. The company will be making all of its 21,000 U.S.-based regular full-time and part-time employees (the company has 54,800 employees worldwide) eligible for … Continue reading Amex Joins Parental-Leave Parade

Why Young Women Really Leave Their Jobs

If you’re thinking that the talented young women departing your organization are going home to start families, you might want to think again. In compiling its special report, What Executives Need to Know About Millennial Women, the International Consortium for Executive Development Research recently interviewed executives and “rising female stars” between the ages of 22 and … Continue reading Why Young Women Really Leave Their Jobs

Giving Parental Leave a Major Boost

In the United States, paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave continues to be fairly rare. Indeed, the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2015 Employer Benefits Survey reports that about 21 percent of employers provided paid maternity leave in 2015 and 17 percent offered paid paternity or adoption leave. Lately, it’s been “new-economy” companies like Apple, … Continue reading Giving Parental Leave a Major Boost

Parental Leave Enters Political Storm, Too

Paid parental leave has certainly taken over the media waves of big businesses trying to one-up each other in just how accommodating to new parents they can be. (See our most recent HRE Daily posts on large companies announcing such leave accommodations, including Michael J. O’Brien’s post just Wednesday on Amazon’s plan to up its allotted leave for … Continue reading Parental Leave Enters Political Storm, Too

Amazon’s New Approach to Parental Leave

From a public relations—and maybe an employee relations—perspective, it could take a while for Amazon to sweep away all of the debris left behind by this recent New York Times article. But you can’t say the company isn’t trying. Last month, the ubiquitous online retailer was back in the news, as it expanded its Amazon Connections program … Continue reading Amazon’s New Approach to Parental Leave

Hitting the Road to Promote Paid Leave

Last week, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told the Washington Post that “so much of what becomes law in Washington starts out as an experiment in different states.” For the next month or so, Perez will be conducting his own state-to-state experiment of sorts; one that he hopes will result in workers nationwide being afforded … Continue reading Hitting the Road to Promote Paid Leave