How Microsoft HR chief’s fight with cancer informed new paid leave policy

Microsoft, a 100% Talent founding signatory, has added a new family paid leave benefit allowing employees to take as much as four weeks off to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Paid Family Leave Doesn’t Just Benefit Employees

Boston Consulting Group’s Trish Stroman on how more and more companies are striving to change their culture and policies toward paid family leave, with results in improved retention, morale, and productivity.

Boston Consulting Group’s New Report: Why Paid Family Leave Is Good Business

BCG reviewed the policies of more than 250 companies. Their finding? Employers see a solid business case for offering paid family leave, including benefits such as improved talent retention and attraction and their own ability to manage the costs of the program through thoughtful policy design.

ReBoot career accelerator launches in Seattle to help women return to work

One of the greatest barriers to workforce gender equity is that far more women than men take time off to care for children and elderly relatives, and then struggle to pick up where they left off.  To address these challenges, ReBoot, a Silicon Valley training program that helps women re-enter the workforce, is launching in Seattle this month.

UK Women Face Increasing Discrimination For Taking Maternity Leave

While women across the pond might enjoy access to maternity leave, that doesn’t mean they’re not struggling with many of the same issues that American women are.  On Monday, British charity Citizens Advice released a report revealing that women in the U.K. are increasingly concerned with workplace discrimination as it relates to maternity leave.

Pennsylvania to begin study of paid family leave

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will receive $250,000 from the federal government to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of possible paid family leave models. Supporters of paid family leave often cite evidence that shows paid leave has tangible health benefits for children and parents and actually can lead to wage growth for women, who are more likely to return to their jobs after having children rather than leaving the workforce altogether.

Patagonia’s CEO Explains How To Make On-Site Child Care Pay For Itself

For the past five years, turnover among Patagonia employees who use its child care program is 25% lower than in its overall workforce. Pategonia’s CEO explains how offering on-site child care and paid family leave not only retains workers, but also recoups costs in tax benefits, employee engagement and productivity, and overall bottom line.

A Conservative Push for Paid Family Leave

Conservative think tank American Action Forum surprised many with its issuance of a policy proposal for paid family leave. The plan offers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to the working poor and is modeled on the already successful earned income tax credit.

‘Missing’ Female Managers Widen Wage Gap

A Visier report finds that women are underrepresented in managerial positions from age 32 onward – a finding that, if corrected, could reduce the wage gap by one third.  “It turns out that gender inequity is not just a compensation issue, it is a problem of unequal participation of women in the higher-paying managerial jobs,” said Visier CEO John Schwarz.