Friday, September 30th, 2011
Missourians need public policies that allow them to better manage the dual demands of work and family. Federal law, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) have codified some family-friendly policies. However, Missouri workers lack access to workplace leave or breastfeeding protection beyond those provided by federal law. There is no pending legislation in Missouri that would expand on federal law in these areas.
Stats on Missouri Working Families:
- 1,484,689 Missouri women work, making up 48 percent of the state workforce.
- 977,701 Missouri children (72 percent) live in families where all parents work.
- 590,000 Missourians serve as family caregivers GO TO STORY