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US: fixing the marriage penalty
Margaret Ryznar - The Huffington Post, 14 October 2015. [16-10-2015]
Secondary income earners —often women due to their lower income in the marriage— are currently disincentivized from earning a salary, and many people are disincentivized from marrying in the first place. This has impacted even more couples with the recognition of same-sex marriage in Obergefell, which expands the number of two-income marriages and renews interest in eliminating these disincentives.
US: paid family leave is (finally!) inevitable
Vivien Labaton - CNBC,14 October 2015. [16-10-2015]
Presidential candidates are talking about paid family leave — both for and against it — because they know this issue is top of mind for voters throughout the country. For American voters, family comes first. Whether it's for a newborn, an ailing parent, or a spouse nursing an injury, being there and providing for family isn't negotiable.
Paid family leave research gains funding
Jamie McGee - The Tennessean, 29 September 2015. [29-09-2015]
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability a $193,000 grant to carry out a survey that addresses the needs and availability of paid family and medical leave. The grant is among $1.55 million being awarded nationally to support research on the development of paid leave programs.
Don't blame women when family policies backfire
Darlena Cunha - Time, 5 June 2015. [06-06-2015]
We shouldn’t be loosening these policies so they hurt businesses less in the hopes that those businesses will then turn around and act appropriately. Instead, we should tighten policy further. Companies need to be held accountable for unfair practices toward women. It’s not the job of a woman to make her company more comfortable. It’s the businesses’ responsibility to treat their workforce like human beings.
When family-friendly policies backfire
Claire Cain Miller - The New York Times, 26 May 2015. [27-05-2015]
Family-friendly policies can help parents balance jobs and responsibilities at home, and go a long way toward making it possible for women with children to remain in the work force. But these policies often have unintended consequences. They can end up discouraging employers from hiring women in the first place, because they fear women will leave for long periods or use expensive benefits.
The solution is better paternity leave
Akshat Rathi - Quartz, 27 May 2015. [27-05-2015]
One of the most effective ways of boosting a country’s economy is to get more women into the workplace. However, these well-meaning policies may actually be causing more harm than good. An unpublished study by Mallika Thomas at Cornell University cited by the New York Times shows that women in the US are 5% more likely to hold a job today, but 8% less likely to get promotions.
Mothers and children need more social protection
UN News Center, 11 May 2015. [12-05-2015]
Calling for greater “social protection” for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die in child birth every day, only 28 per cent of employed women receive cash benefits during their maternity leave, and that child poverty is rising in 18 of 28 countries in the European Union.
How child abuse hotlines hurt children
Dale Margolin Cecka - Washington Post, 6 May 2015. [07-05-2015]
The recent media obsession with “free range” parenting has illuminated a policy issue which rarely affects parents who debate free range parenting: the exploitation of child abuse reporting hotlines. Each year, about 3.4 million calls are made to these state-run phone lines. Because child protective service agencies are required to act, these calls can result in innocent parents losing their kids, tangling families in a complicated system.
Do we need to pay parents to raise children?
Isabel V. Sawhill and Emily Cuddy - Brookings, 16 April 2015. [17-04-2015]
In US, the ‘Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Reform Plan’ is designed, in part, to help middle-income families raise their children. Over the past several months, policymakers have argued about the merits of the plan, and analysts have modeled its distributional effects, albeit with widely different results based on a lack of clarity about some of its provisions.
10 Tories to take family homes out of inheritance tax
The Guardian, 11 April 2015. [12-04-2015]
A Conservative government would take family homes out of inheritance tax by introducing a new allowance effectively increasing the threshold to £1m, David Cameron has announced. Under Tory plans, parents will each be offered a new £175,000 allowance to enable them to pass property on to children tax-free after their death.
11 How the UK's new rules on parental leave work
Kevin Peachey - BBC News, 5 April 2015. [05-04-2015]
New rights allowing UK parents to share leave following the birth or adoption of their child have come into effect. Up to 50 weeks of leave - 37 weeks of which is paid - can be shared by parents if they meet certain eligibility criteria. The Trades Union Congress has argued that many parents will not qualify for the new rights and some employers' groups have criticised the greater complexity now facing businesses.
12 Paid family leave is primed for a national debate
Tierney Sneed - US News, 23 March 2015. [24-03-2015]
Hillary Clinton’s widely anticipated presidential campaign is getting an early boost on Capitol Hill, with a bill supporters believe will draw wide support among crucial female voters. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would create a federal program for employees to continue to receive a paycheck while they take time off work for a long-term illness or to care for a family member.
13 Families don't just care for young children
Howard Gleckman - Forbes, 21 January 2015. [22-01-2015]
Obama proposed a number of steps aimed at helping working parents care. And while some may provide limited assistance to those whose parents face a short-term acute medical crisis, they’d do little to someone help care for a frail parent or spouse with a chronic illness, or a child with a disability.
14 Obama says family leave is an economic necessity
Claire Cain Miller - New York Times, 21 January 2015. [22-01-2015]
When the Labor Department recently gave states grants to expand paid family leave, the money came from the department’s Women’s Bureau. But in the State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama argued that paid leave is not just a women’s issue. “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” he said.
15 French government under fire over family cuts
Reuters, 17 October 2014. [18-10-2014]
France’s cash-strapped government was attacked from left and right on Friday over plans to cut family benefit payouts by tying them for the first time in over half a century to household income, breaking a political taboo. Flat-rate cash payments based on the number of children in a household have since the end of World War Two been a key part of a public pro-family policy that many say explains why France has the highest birthrate in Europe alongside Ireland.
16 Who Receives Government Benefits?
Sara Murray - The Wall Street Journal, 19 August 2014. [20-08-2014]
Nearly half of Americans, 49.5%, lived in a household where at least one person was receiving some type of government benefit in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Census Department data. That number ticked up slightly from 49.2% at the end of 2011.
17 David Cameron says policies must pass 'family test'
BBC News, 18 August 2014. [19-08-2014]
David Cameron has argued that parents and children were too often overlooked and could be left worse off by reforms. He said online music videos could be given age ratings, and more money would be put towards relationship counselling services. From October, every new domestic policy “will be examined for its impact on the family”, the prime minister said. [The speech can be read here.]
18 More workers file family-leave lawsuits
Joe Palazzolo - The Wall Street Journal, 8 August 2014. [10-08-2014]
Lawsuits filed under the statute jumped to 877 in 2013 from 291 a year earlier, according to the most-recent figures from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The number of family-leave cases was dwarfed by the more than 15,000 suits filed last year accusing companies of violating laws that protect against race, sex or disability discrimination. But the FMLA was the only one among those laws to generate a sharp increase in claims.
19 Can family leave policies be too generous?
Claire Cain Miller - The New York Times, 10 August 2014. [10-08-2014]
When measured by who holds a job, American women are falling behind women in other developed countries. Yet the American women who are working tend to have more high-achieving careers. Within that paradox lies a puzzle about how to shape maternity leave.
20 Why America Gave Up On The Fight For A Family-Friendly Workplace, And Why It's Starting Again
Bryce Covert - Think Progress, 31 July 2014. [01-08-2014]
The United States very nearly had universal child care. In 1971, both houses of Congress passed the Comprehensive Child Development Act, which would have provided child care at a sliding scale to every child that needed it, the first step toward a universal system.
21 Taking Paternity Leave Makes Other Dads More Likely to Do the Same
Joe Pinsker - The Atlantic, 7 July 2014. [10-07-2014]
A study released in the American Economic Review suggests a social snowball effect that might counteract the stigma that’s attached to taking time off.
22 There's family value in paid parental leave
Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2014. [08-07-2014]
For a country that so often extols family values, the United States makes it awfully hard for Americans to care for their children, while in Britain, Sweden and Norway, parents are granted about a year of paid parental leave to tend to their newborns during that particularly crucial and difficult period.
23 Teach your children
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, April 2014. [25-04-2014]
In a country where about half of the school-aged Syrian refugee children are unable to attend public schools, the residents of an informal camp have taken matters into their own hands.
24 Budget 2014: Boost for married couples
Steven Swinford - The Telegraph, 19 Mar 2014. [21-03-2014]
More than 4 million married couples will benefit from tax breaks after the British Government raised the transferable allowance.
25 A valuable investment in our children and the economy
The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2014. [08-02-2014]
When childcare costs $168 a day and the paperwork takes hours, it is easy to see why some parents in Australia choose not to work.

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