The Maui News: Paid family leave can serve the public good


My wife is from Sweden and a few years ago we were visiting her family. On a tour bus, the driver explained that every citizen in Sweden receives 480 publicly funded parental leave days. Both parents can take a portion of these days and a good majority of the leave provides 80 percent of the individual’s income, until the child reaches the age of 7.

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Hawaii Tribune Herald: Labor-related bills working way to final votes

By MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:05 am

Several bills that would improve working conditions or wages across the state are on the home stretch to being passed into law.

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Star Advertiser: No more studies needed: Paid family leave right for Hawaii

April 3, 2018
Like most mothers in Hawaii, I had to make the brutal decision to return to work before my body and baby were ready. I had to fight off the panic of handing him over to strangers, knowing that other mothers had buried children for doing the same. I gave up breastfeeding long before the recommended 12 months. I watched as my child fell into a cycle of illness after illness. Generally, I just missed him. You don’t get a do-over for a child’s life.
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Civil Beat: Hawaii Long Overdue For Paid Family Leave

By Corey Rosenlee / April 4, 2018

I am a teacher, so here’s a pop quiz: name the only country in the industrialized world that doesn’t have paid family leave?

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