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Father’s Day is a good time to push for paid family leave

Father’s Day is a good time to push for paid family leave
BY LINDA MERIC
COMMENTARY

When his first two children were born, Daniel Wells didn’t even think of asking his employer for leave. But when his wife became pregnant with the third, he better understood the need to bond with a new baby.

So Daniel, an arborist, requested time off following the birth. He was shocked when he got the answer:  "Request denied." The company said it couldn’t get along without him, not even for a few weeks, and cited a “substantial economic harm” clause in denying the leave.

After the birth, Daniel found himself back at work in three days — instead of three weeks.

“I guess it was just as well. We were already struggling,” he says, “And taking unpaid time might have harmed more than helped.” Still, in his heart, Daniel recognizes that more than anything, more than new ties or new toys, Dads like him need paid, job-protected time away from work for major events in their family lives.

 

What's the deal? Comparing Obama and FDR and their first two years as president

What's the deal? Comparing Obama and FDR and their first two years as president
BY MICHAEL P. RICCARDS
COMMENTARY

In a year and half, President Obama has gone from being an historic icon to a beleaguered president. What has happened? There are surely personal reasons that one can...

N.J. has its own dangerous projects that could lead to environmental disasters

N.J. has its own dangerous projects that could lead to environmental disasters
BY GEORGE MOFFATT
COMMENTARY

We constantly hear "It can't happen here," as overconfident engineers and officials assure us that high-tech systems will save us from ourselves.

Past promises included: It's...

N.J. consolidation: How about creating the City of Bergen?

N.J. consolidation: How about creating the City of Bergen?
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

For years governors, legislators and others have been advocating "shared services" as a way for towns to hold the line on costs and thus halt the rapid rise of property taxes...

Analysis of the primaries: N.J. Republicans have advantage heading to the fall

Analysis of the primaries: N.J. Republicans have advantage heading to the fall
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

So what does the outcome of New Jersey's Congressional primaries mean? The Tea Party movement certainly made a statement, but there is a lot more to the message voters sent ...

N.J. tax revolters (the silent majority) make a plea to public employees

N.J. tax revolters (the silent majority) make a plea to public employees
BY MICHAEL BUSLER
COMMENTARY

For the past six months I have tried to present the tax revolters' view on how to solve New Jersey's budget deficit crisis. Basically their view is to not increase taxes at...

Our N.J. affordable housing policy is obsolete and broken

Our N.J. affordable housing policy is obsolete and broken
BY SCOTT T. RUMANA
COMMENTARY

In a recent opinion piece , Frank Askin of Rutgers' Constitutional Litigation Clinic vividly described the genesis of the Mount Laurel court cases that have shaped New Jersey...

Congressional races need greater transparency after Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision

Congressional races need greater transparency after Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision
BY JEFFREY BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

With the focus now squarely on the general election, the impact of Citizens United on New Jersey's Congressional races bears watching.

Last February the U.S. Supreme Court i...

Why solar power is good for New Jersey

Why solar power is good for New Jersey
BY ROBERT DEMOS JR.
COMMENTARY

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent announcement that $400 million in funding for state clean energy programs — including funds for the solar energy rebate program — w...

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