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Our State Needs Paid Family and Medical Leave

Sunday, February 12th 2017

It’s difficult when a parent becomes so sick that he/she can’t be left alone. I moved my father to Helena in 2003 and became his daily advocate while working full time. I did that for seven years. After retirement, I was fortunate enough to have another five years with Dad before he died. I was […]

Legislators Consider Bill to Fund Paid Family/Medical Leave

Friday, February 10th 2017

Montana lawmakers heard testimony on a bill Thursday that would create a fund to give workers paid family or medical leave from their job. Rep. Jenny Eck, D-Helena, is carrying House Bill 392, or the Montana Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. Rep. Jenny Eck, D-Helena Jemma Hazen testified in favor of the bill in […]

Montana Must Have Paid Leave

Friday, February 10th 2017

I work as an eligibility specialist for the office of public assistance. People turn to public assistance after they have experienced a traumatic financial setback such as the loss of employment due to illness. Most families require both parents to work in order to afford the cost of raising children. When a parent takes time […]

Paid Leave is Important for Montana

Thursday, February 9th 2017

At some point, nearly every worker faces a moment when they need leave, whether it’s to care for an aging parent, help a family member after surgery, recover from their own illness or injury, or welcome a new child into the family. As the Montana Legislature debates ways to improve the lives of Montanans, I […]

Bill would create a paid family and medical leave program

Thursday, February 9th 2017

Montanans who had to leave their jobs because of health issues or family needs gathered at the Capitol in Helena on Thursday to support a bill creating a paid family and medical leave program. House Bill 392 had its initial hearing in the Business & Labor Committee of the Montana House of Representatives. Jemma Hazen […]

Parental leave would help Montana’s working families

Monday, February 6th 2017

When my son was born, I didn’t want to leave him. Unfortunately, my job didn’t offer paid parental leave, and our maternity leave was unpaid and very ambiguous. The policy was essentially ‘take the time you need, but come back as soon as possible.’ Since I just started working at my job when I found […]

Supporting Paid Family and Medical Leave

Monday, February 6th 2017

Paid family and medical leave has been in the news this past year. It helps families care for each other whether they are newborns or aging parents. It helps individuals recover from serious illness or injuries. It can also save the lives of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Survivors do not have […]

Pass a Paid Leave Policy in Montana

Thursday, January 26th 2017

For most of my life, I’ve worked at jobs that didn’t offer any paid leave. Since I worked remotely, hours after the births of both of my daughters I did something I should not have had to do – I opened my laptop and got to work. During the first few sleepless months, I chugged […]

Montana Task Force Explores Paid Family, Medical Leave For State’s Workers

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

It’s almost guaranteed that a Montana worker will have to step away from the job to care for an aging parent or give birth to a child. Many employees will fall seriously ill and need time to recover. Under all three scenarios, most Montana workers will have to do so without pay. On Wednesday, the […]

When Dad Stays Home: Exploring the Impact of Paternal Leave Policies

Thursday, June 16th 2016

Lack of access to parental leave—whether paid or unpaid—has serious consequences for families around the world. As policymakers contend with this issue, a key area that many focus on is promoting opportunities for fathers to take time off work to care for their families at home. Mathematica researcher Ankita Patnaik has studied the impact of […]