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Eileen Appelbaum
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Dr. Eileen Appelbaum previously served as director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. During her tenure, Dr. Appelbaum built the Center into a major locus for research on women's advancement in the labor market and at the workplace. The Center undertook numerous projects that were aimed at understanding and improving the lives of working women at all income levels. Prior to taking over the Center at Rutgers she was the research director at the Economic Policy Institute. She previously had been a professor of economics at Temple University. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy.

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Who's the Boss

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:46 AM

It has become harder and harder for workers to tell who their employer is. Companies have engaged in vertical dis-integration as franchised businesses have become increasingly prominent and contracting out of operations by traditional firms has increased. The expanded reach of private equity funds as owners of Main Street companies...

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The Real Lesson From the EFH Bankruptcy

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Texas energy company Energy Future Holdings Corp (EFH) filed for bankruptcy last month only seven years after it was purchased by a consortium of private equity firms in the largest leveraged buy-out in history. Few would have predicted EFH's ultimate demise in 2007 when Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, TPG Capital, and...

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If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them - Private Equity's New Strategy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Since the end of the financial crisis and the stock market's climb out of 2009's deep hole, the S&P 500 has been on a tear. The run-up in the bull market has pushed that stock market index to new heights, and at Friday's close of 1,863 it continues to hover...

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No Longer Leading: U.S. Lags Other Advanced Economies in Women's Employment

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Most Americans think of the U.S. as a leader among industrialized nations in providing economic opportunities for women. But this perception is based on the great progress women made in the 1970s and 1980s. Progress slowed in the 1990s, and stalled completely in recent years. As other wealthy nations implemented...

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Mother's Day Is Different This Year

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:42 PM

It isn't your mother's Mother's Day any more. There's a new and lively conversation underway about what it takes to maximize mothers' contributions, both to the economy and to their families. Policies that make it possible to be a good mother and a responsible employee are firmly on the nation's...

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Working Families Flexibility Act: Not Good for Working Parents and Bad for the Economy

(23) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Last Thursday House Republicans introduced the misleadingly titled "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013." Touted by Republicans as a new comp time initiative that will give hourly-paid workers the flexibility to meet family responsibilities, it is neither new nor about giving these workers much needed time off to care for...

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Shameless CEO Campaign Sends Debt-Laden Caesar's CEO to Lecture the 99 Percent on Fixing Debt

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 9:36 AM

If there is one thing the recent presidential election made clear, it is that the 1 percent have no shame. So it's no surprise that CEOs are drumming up "fiscal cliff" hysteria to protect their wealth. Their campaign to "Fix the Debt" wants to retain the Bush-era tax cuts for...

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No Happy Ending for Friendly's

(14) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 11:35 AM

Three years after being taken private by an affiliate of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Friendly's -- the family restaurant and ice cream chain known for its Happy Ending sundaes -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to the filing, Friendly's proposes to use the bankruptcy to jettison...

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