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Happy Father’s Day: Protecting Papa in the Workplace

With 70.1 million fathers in the United States, and 92.8% of fathers with children under 18 working, that’s a lot of working dads! Father’s Day is a wonderful time to remember that most dads are balancing life as both an employee and a parent.

The following are a few laws that protect working parents:

Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.  Effective July 1, 2015 in California, employees will be able to begin accruing hours for paid sick leave. Parents will be able to utilize paid sick days to care for not just themselves, but also spouses, grandparents, and children.Military Family Leave under the FMLA: employees are entitled leave to handle difficulties that arise due to deployment or injury of a family member in the military.

Flexible scheduling benefits. Employers must remember that if scheduling flexibility is offered as a benefit of employment, fathers should also be entitled to these benefits, as well as any non-parent coworker. By the way, did you know that single father households have increased by 60% in the past ten years?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) establishes that fathers are entitled to unpaid leave, just like mothers, for the birth, adoption or care of a child. FMLA also applies to the care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has worked to prevent discrimination against employees and applicants with caregiver responsibilities. For more information, visit the EEOC’s webpage on “Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiver Responsibilities” to learn more about parent protections.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sex discrimination against both men and women. It also offers them the same protections against gender discrimination with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.