Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:
- President Obama on Monday spoke at the White House Summit on Working Families, where he talked about his own family’s struggles to balance work and family and called on Congress to take action to help Americans find an easier balance between the two. President Obama specifically mentioned expanding flexibility in the workplace and increasing paid parental leave, noting that the United States is the only developed country to not offer paid maternity leave. President Obama said, “When a new baby arrives or an aging parent gets sick, workers have to make painful decisions about whether they can afford to be there when their families need them the most. Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth. Now, that’s a pretty low bar.” The President also asked for the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would require employers to make accommodations for pregnant workers to be able to keep working while pregnant and prevent them from having to take unpaid leave.