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Why Department of Labor Pick Puzder is a Threat to Women

Linda Meric | Posted 01.24.2017 | Women
Linda Meric

Working women and our families saw important gains under the leadership of the Obama Administration's Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Secretary Hi...

How to Ease Back Into Work After You've Been Sick

John Rampton | Posted 01.12.2017 | Business
John Rampton

Getting sick is never any fun. As a freelancer, it can be tragic in terms of maintaining a proper workflow and being able to ease back into work. Many...

Progress, Promise and Peril: The Imperative to Continue Workplace Policy Gains in 2017

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Co-authored by Vicki Shabo 2016 was a historic year for adoption of some critically important policies and practices that improve the quality of jobs...

To Be Sick or Not To Be Sick

Susan E. Mazer | Posted 11.30.2016 | Business
Susan E. Mazer

What is our collective attitude about people who are sick? Is being sick a personal failure? Are patients victims or are they responsible for their...

This Is The Last Chance For Candidates To Discuss An Agenda For Working Families, Especially Latinos

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 10.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Can we please discuss important policy decisions that have the potential to improve the lives of millions of workers and their families?

A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

Debra L. Ness | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Sometimes it's hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact...

Why Hillary Can't Take A Sick Day -- But Should

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.12.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Why was it so hard for Hillary Clinton to admit she had pneumonia? To take time off from her campaign to recover? To skip the 9/11 ceremony? I understand she does not want to show weakness, especially because she is the first woman running for President.

When Elections Get Personal

Ryan Johnson | Posted 09.12.2016 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

Last Tuesday, Arizona joined Colorado, Maine and Washington by qualifying an initiative to raise the minimum wage for the November ballot. Now, 12.3 m...

Who really takes paid sick days? The answer will surprise you

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

In April 2014, New York City became the largest U.S. jurisdiction to implement a paid sick days law. It requires private-sector and non-profit employ...

Labor Day 2016: Moderate Progress In Last Year

Dean Baker | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

We have had some good news for working people in the last year, but there are many clouds on the horizon. Workers have a long way to go before they get back their share of the pie and the path will not be easy.

Eight Labor Days

Debra L. Ness | Posted 09.07.2016 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president. As we pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation, it's well worth taking a moment to appreciate this president's deep and enduring commitment to equal opportunity for women in the workplace and the impact it has had.

Celebrate Women's Equality Day By Supporting Universal Paid Sick Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Anyone who's worked in a place where being sick means no pay knows the outcome: people come to work sick, get sicker, stay sick longer, and make other people sick.

Failing Our Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.04.2016 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must m...

What's the Forecast For Care?

Riane Eisler | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Riane Eisler

Now that the conventions are over and party platforms drawn up, we can look at what's in store for those giving and receiving care. Whether paid or not, care is a big part of our economy and shapes all our lives.

The Top 5 Things Dads Should Know About Their Rights In The Workplace

Dina Bakst | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Dina Bakst

Just in time for Father's Day, here's what every dad should know about his rights - or lack thereof - in the workplace. If you're still struggling to find that perfect gift, forget the necktie and send dad this list - something he can actually use at work.

Local Celebrations Call for Federal Paid Sick Days Law

Ellen Bravo | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The momentum for paid sick days is inspiring. As of today, thirty-two locations in the U.S. have won such policies, bringing access for the first time to more than ten and a half million people.

It's Time to Stop Claiming Businesses Oppose Paid Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.13.2017 | Business
Debra L. Ness

When organized big business groups pour resources into blocking paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, a higher minimum wage, and other worker friendly policies, they are pursuing a policy agenda that many of the businesses they claim to represent do not support.

Give Small Business Owners an Even Break, Pass a Minimum Standard for Paid Sick Leave

Amanda Ballantyne | Posted 04.08.2017 | Business
Amanda Ballantyne

For many small businesses -- especially those who operate on razor-thin margins -- they can only afford to offer it if their competition does as well. A minimum standard, which levels the playing field, is essential for small businesses to compete in crowded markets.

How Republicans Are Blocking Local Minimum Wage Hikes

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

Republicans in the Alabama legislature apparently don't trust the state's cities and towns to govern themselves, at least when it comes to the minimum...

Take a Chill Pill If You Want to Avoid the Flu This Year

The Conversation US | Posted 01.25.2017 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Avoiding the flu or catching a cold in the winter months can be tough, but there is something you can do in addition to getting the flu shot and washing your hands. Relax. There's strong evidence that stress affects the immune system and can make you more susceptible to infections.

Paid Leave Policies Can Level the Playing Field for Small Business

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.29.2016 | Business
John Arensmeyer

While these findings may go against the narrative pushed by special interest groups, which holds that small employers are universally opposed to paid leave policies, they're not surprising if we look at the facts.

Why Smart Employers Promote Workplace Wellness and Paid Time Off

Parker Beauchamp | Posted 12.17.2016 | Business
Parker Beauchamp

43 million Americans do not have paid time off (PTO). In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation that doesn't require employers to provide this benefit. But does limiting sick time help or harm employers and their employees?

Bad Burritos, Sick Employees and The Bottom Line

Kenneth Matos | Posted 12.09.2016 | Business
Kenneth Matos

The issue of presenteeism isn't just about an individual employee being ill and needing time off to recover, it is about protecting the health of other employees, customers and the business.

It's Work and Family Month: We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time!

Carol Joyner | Posted 10.29.2016 | Politics
Carol Joyner

October is Work and Family Month, and it was packed with events, progress on policy, press conferences and declarations on working families.

Domestic Violence Survivors Need and Deserve Workplace Support

YWCA USA | Posted 10.21.2016 | Women

More than 12 million women and men in the United States experience domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking by intimate partners every year - that's an estimated 24 people per minute. And while the physical and emotional harm survivors suffer is severe and grievous, the damage does not stop there.