Hump Day Open Thread

May 1, 2013

What’s up?

And I present to you the growing MomsRising team…

We met on Monday and Tuesday in Berkeley for our annual staff retreat. It’s always fun to see your co-workers from across the country — including new staff members.

Here is a piece of legislation we have opposed because, despite its deceptive name, it hurts working families: the Working Families Flexibility Act. The bill allows workers to choose paid time off as opposed to overtime pay. Sounds good, right? Except that this time or money can’t be recovered if the business goes out of business or lays off workers. It’s a very pro-business bill — allowing businesses to get out of paying overtime pay — therefore, not very pro-family.

None of this, of course, was explained in a USA Today article about a media buy by the Republican Party targeting certain Democratic legislators in mom blogs.

On the flipside, I was heartened to read that Yahoo has doubled paid maternity leave to 16 weeks, according to mashable. Fathers who work at Yahoo are entitled to eight weeks paid paternity leave.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?