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. Although longer and higher paid leave for mothers has significant benefits, too much time out of the labor force may negatively affect a woman’s career progression and earnings.  (Photo: iStockphoto.com)

Estée Lauder settled a dispute with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the agency’s first lawsuit targeting a parental leave policy that gave new mothers more time off than new fathers, in an agreement that signals a shift in how corporations and regulators respond to such policies.


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