The National Partnership for Women and Families graded states on laws that support families, and overall the United States is not looking good.
Only two states were awarded an A and much of the South got Fs.
“The National Partnership for Women & Families released a new report that assigns grades to states based on their laws protecting new parents, like paid parental leave, paid sick days, and laws to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. While many of these laws benefit both moms and dads, they’re certainly more important for women, since we actually have to give birth and all.”
“Only two states–California and Connecticut—got an “A.” Eighteen states got a big old “F” for doing nothing help new, working parents. This is the first time the group has scored states like this, and the overall grade for the US is pretty grim:”
The foundation also released a full report if you are interested in more information on these issues. The first report was issued in 2005 and the agency feels like there has been some progress.
“Since the first edition of Expecting Better, workers in some states have gained new rights that address the work and family challenges faced by new parents. For example:
* In 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a paid sick days law, joining the District of Columbia, in
providing many workers the right to earn paid sick time that can be used to care for an ill child or family
member or to seek medical care. Two cities — San Francisco and Seattle — also provide this right;
* In 2008, New Jersey joined California in establishing a paid family leave insurance program that provides new
parents (and other family caregivers) with partial wage replacement during up to six weeks of family leave.
* In 2007, the state of Washington took a significant step toward establishing a paid parental leave program.
* In 2007, Maine expanded workers’ ability to take unpaid, job-protected family leave by recognizing that
domestic or civil union partners often need to care for each other and each other’s children.
* And, from 2006 through 2009, nine states granted new rights to nursing mothers in the workplace.
At the federal level, workers have also gained new family friendly rights. Many nursing mothers are now guaranteed reasonable break time and a private place to express breast milk while at work, thanks to a provision in the 2010 health care reform law that amended the Fair Labor Standards Act. Expansions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 2008 and 2009 provided new leave rights to military families. And a new 2010 interpretation of the FMLA extends unpaid, job-protected leave to a broader range of adults caring for new or ill children.
These are important victories, but more significant progress toward securing a family friendly nation remains elusive. The nation’s political debates too often continue to reflect a false dichotomy about work and family, promoting a narrative that suggests families have all adults in the labor force by choice rather than by economic necessity. And too few public officials recognize that public policies must reflect the new realities of a workforce made up of workers — women and men — with significant child and elder care responsibilities. It is imperative that our nation’s leaders and our public policies acknowledge that workers’ economic security — and their ability to provide for their families — often hinges on their ability to take time away from work when a new child arrives or health challenges arise. Working parents need to be able to address the needs of their children and families without jeopardizing their jobs.”
Check out the report link on MJ.com for more info.
So what do you think? Do agree that Georgia deserves an F for its laws to support working families? What else would you like to see Georgia provide families to help them take care of their children and their parents?