Magazine article Working Mother

The Last Straw

Magazine article Working Mother

The Last Straw

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I was appalled that former President Bush took one final swipe at working mothers during his lame-duck period by prompting new regulations to dilute the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)- the only protection our federal government offers new mothers in the workforce. The United States ranks in the bottom five of all countries when it comes to supporting working new mothers, and yet we rank near the top in the contribution (financial and otherwise!) our working mothers make to business through our brains, brawn and dedication to our jobs.

If it weren't for the voluntary leadership of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies and thousands of companies who model themselves after the 100 Best, working mothers in the United States would have no paid maternity leave at all. Let's be clear: The federal government mandates 12 weeks of unpaid leave for new moms (and for other medical situations). Only four countries have laws less supportive of new moms than U.S. laws. The Bush administration's new regulations to amend FMLA, which were announced as a final ruling last November, weaken employees' rights to use FMLA, support companies' rights to deny FMLA and restrict the addition of earned vacation time to our unpaid maternity leave. …

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