Thursday, June 26, 2014

The majority of states in our nation are failing new and expecting parents

The third edition of a one-of-its-kind report, Expecting Better, was released just in time for the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act week of action and Monday's White House Summit on Working Families.

The analysis of state laws includes a state-by-state report card and shows how each state stacks up when it comes to supporting new and expecting parents, during what should be one of the happiest times in their lives.

And the sad truth is that the majority of states are failing new and expecting parents — earning a “D” or worse.

All it takes is just one look at our the infographic below. See that wide swath of “F”s spanning the country? That’s a total of 17 states that don’t have a single policy to support new parents.

Working parents need — and expect — better.

They need support as both caregivers and breadwinners so they can care for their new children and family members without jeopardizing their economic security and their jobs.

That’s why there is the FAMILY Act, a national paid family and medical leave proposal. It’s about having time for family, and it’s about time!

To learn more see the Expecting Better report form National Partnership for Women and Families.