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Paid Sick Days

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 04.12.2016 | 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 04.07.2016 | 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 01.25.2016 | 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 12.29.2015 | 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 12.17.2015 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 10.29.2015 | 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 10.21.2015 | Women
YWCA USA

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.

Paid Family Leave: From Political Talking Point to Serious Election Issue

Ellen Bravo | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

We may not all bear or raise children, but we all have parents or partners or other loved ones who occasionally need care from us, and we are all susceptible to an illness or injury that can turn our lives and finances topsy-turvy. We all need affordable time for caregiving - and most don't have it.

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.

Labor Unions: The Folks Who Gave You The Weekend

Dean Baker | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are plenty of things wrong with the labor movement. It can be overly bureaucratic. There are corrupt officials in many unions. But there should be no doubt that the country is much better off as a result of the labor movement and prospects for progressive change would be brighter if it were stronger.

Ten Troubling Labor Day Stats 2015

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

This widely reported "official" number overlooks the millions of people unemployed for more than a year, nor does it count those who are working part-time and looking for full-time work. The Department of Labor monthly report which includes people working part-time and looking for full-time work shows the real rate of unemployment.

Paid Sick Days Would Move Women Closer to Equality

Ellen Bravo | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Our opponents refer to paid sick days as "fringe benefits," an "extra" handed out by employers when they can afford it. But the reality is, sick time should be a basic part of compensation, a minimum standard that keeps employers from docking workers' pay or kicking them out of a job for being a good parent or following doctor's orders.

Executive Order on Paid Sick Days? Yes, Please!

Amy Traub | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Amy Traub

Executive action on paid sick days for employees of federal contractors would be in keeping with Obama's steps to raise workplace standards for contract employees as he would like to see them raised for all American workers.

Top 6 Things Fathers Should Know About Their Workplace Rights

Dina Bakst | Posted 06.19.2016 | Parents
Dina Bakst

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.

The Case for Paid Sick Days in Los Angeles

Jenya Cassidy | Posted 05.19.2016 | Los Angeles
Jenya Cassidy

Many Los Angeles workers with no paid sick days are front-line service workers, often low-paid, who are in close contact with the public. Because they cannot afford to lose pay or risk being fired for taking time off when they or a family member is sick, many go to work when they should be home resting.

Mission Possible -- and Necessary, and Long Overdue

Ellen Bravo | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

If we listened to corporate lobbyists and conservative politicians, we'd spend our time dodging imaginary chunks of falling sky. Make sure all workers can earn paid sick days?

A Mother's Day Wish: 21st Century Workplace Policies

Ellen Bravo | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Ellen Bravo

My opponent described her volunteer work at a local school and how angry she was at the mothers who didn't come to pick up their kids when the school called to say they were sick. "I'm angry, too," I said. "But why are you angry at the moms and not at the boss who would fire them or dock their pay if they answered that call?"

A Small Request for Mother's Day

Carol Joyner | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Carol Joyner

The U.S. stands alone with Papua New Guinea in having no paid leave program for new mothers. By comparison, all of the countries we trade with and a total of 178 nations across the globe have a form of paid family leave, usually for women after childbirth but in many countries, for men as well.

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
David A. Love

For all of the talk of American exceptionalism, the U.S. is exceptionally bad in the treatment of its workers. America--the world's largest economy--is one of the few advanced nations without a national policy guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.