November is National Family Caregiver Month

Happy National Family Caregiver Month! I have worked on Paid Family Leave for over 15 years and this year feels different. We are moving into our Statewide Meeting preparation in a time of exciting movement and momentum at the local, state, and national level. It's up to us -- the parents, caregivers, advocates, and on-the-ground organizers -- to take this momentum in the direction of winning Paid Leave for All. If we work together we can win the changes we need in California to make our law inclusive, job-protected, and with adequate compensation so that everyone benefits. From our work last year with Human Impact Partners, we learned that there is a need to ramp up awareness and support for family caregivers who need to take time to care. Read our report: Understanding Working & Caregiving: An Analysis. And check out the factsheet we'll use to educate policy makers this year. Let's make 2020 a year to remember for parents and caregivers in California! Continue reading

Paid Leave for All: More than Passing Laws

As we prepare for our Annual Statewide Meeting, our work in October reminds us that passing state laws is just the first step. In order to truly win #PaidLeave4All, we need to continue to organize and engage with electeds and agencies to ensure that our program is accessible to everyone who needs to take time to bond or care. Please join us in this work by donating or joining the Coalition. We have a lot to plan and a lot to celebrate. Join us!   Continue reading

Paid Leave for California Freelancers

Wouldn’t it be sweet to enjoy both the flexibility of freelancing and the security of paid leave benefits? Each contributes to the wellbeing of working families, after all. But can you have both at the same time? For California’s 2.83 million independent contractors hustling to keep their businesses and families alive and thriving, this is a puzzle worth solving. Continue reading

2019 is going to be HUGE! Our March Newsletter

Happy March! It’s already shaping up to be a huge year for local, state, and national work on Paid Family Leave. In January, Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would make enacting six months of paid baby bonding leave for new parents a priority for the state. The Governor’s office will work with a task force on the next steps and Coalition members are looking forward to collaborating and supporting this historic expansion. Continue reading

Together We Win Family-Friendly Workplaces and Paid Family Leave for All

Thank you to everyone who came to the California Work & Family Coalition Annual Statewide Meeting. It was an inspiring day of learning, connecting, and planning to win family friendly workplaces and Paid Family Leave for all. Continue reading

We're Building Momentum for Inclusive Paid Leave in California!

Film Screening Success: From "ZERO WEEKS" to Fully-Paid Leave in Berkeley Continue reading

The Fight for Paid Leave Continues! - July 2018 Newsletter

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave In a historic step in the movement for a national family leave program, the US Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy held a hearing on Paid Family Leave on July 11th.  The hearing included testimony by Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families in support of the FAMILY Act.  Continue reading

June 2018 Newsletter

"Zero Weeks" Coming to Berkeley and Los Angeles Save the Dates: The California Work & Family Coalition will be hosting screenings of "Zero Weeks" in Berkeley (August 16) and Los Angeles (October 9). Continue reading

Calling for Interviews with Parents of Children with Chronic Conditions

Have you taken Paid Family Leave to care for a child with a serious illness or disability?   Continue reading

LGBTQ Caregivers - Tell Us Your Stories!

If you are a worker who belongs to the LGBTQ community, and you care for a seriously ill (chosen) family member, please tell us about your thoughts and experiences with Paid Family Leave! Continue reading