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Paid Sick Days

Clinton, de Blasio Speak Out for Paid Sick Days

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

2014 promises another string of wins for policies like paid sick days that boost the economic security of families and of the economy overall. Recently two political leaders reminded us of the urgency of our task.

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.02.2014 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Building off of the victories of last year, 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. In fact, America is already more family-friendly.

National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Paid family leave insurance won't overcome all the obstacles that workers face when coping with a medical challenge. For the most vulnerable groups, however, paid time off for care will be time well spent.

Dave Jamieson

$15 Minimum Wage Hangs In Balance

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

Three days after residents in SeaTac, Wash., voted on a ballot measure that would create the highest minimum wage in the nation by far, the results re...

Updates From My Inbox: New State and Local Work-Life Laws

Marcy Karin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Marcy Karin

Here's hoping the government at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- continues to address the mismatch of the way American workplaces are structured and the needs of American workers.

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

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eileen Appelbaum

It's past time to update the Fair Labor Standards and Social Security Acts for the 21st century. Today's workers need a minimum number of paid sick days in addition to a meaningful minimum wage.

Pregnant Women Need a Break

Carol Joyner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carol Joyner

Pregnant women in our country deserve better; their work has value and their children make up our future society. Think about your mom, your sister or daughter. It's beyond time that pregnant women get a break.

The Little Secret Corporate Lobbyists Don't Want You to Know: Earned Sick Days Are Good for Business

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 12.29.2013 | Business
Gordon MacInnes

Providing good benefits like earned sick days helps businesses hold onto workers, which reduces joblessness and strengthens the overall economy. With less turnover, businesses save real money on the recruitment, training and lost productivity that comes each time they have to replace a worker.

These Are The Worst Sick Day Excuses We Have Ever Heard

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business

Roughly one-third of American workers have called in sick when they weren't actually ill, according to a recent survey. But what's even more strik...

Food Service Workers Without Healthcare: Bon Appetite

Pat LaMarche | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Pat LaMarche

Unlike congresspersons, food workers who lack health insurance probably don't have the luxury of blowing off work just because they don't feel good, especially the ones who rely on tips.

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Dave Jamieson

'Disaster In The Making': Working Poor Losing Faith In Promise Of Mobility

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's working poor value the work they do and have high hopes for their children's futures -- even though most believe it's now easi...

'Lean In' to Government Reform

Yaron Schwartz | Posted 09.21.2013 | Women
Yaron Schwartz

Individual female action needs to be combined with government reform to reduce the workplace gender gap in the United States.

Restaurant Industry Shortchanges Working Mothers: Child Care and the Third Shift

Linda Meric | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Linda Meric

With Holloway's weekly earnings of $110 and the average cost of child care for those surveyed in this report at $87 a week for their first child or $112 for all children, you can understand how finding affordable child care is a real challenge for women working in this industry.

38 Percent Of U.S. Workers Have No Paid Sick Leave

CNBC | Mark Koba | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

CNBC: Just last month, New York joined the short list of cities—Portland, San Francisco, Washington and Seattle—and the state of Connecticut...

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows How Americans Feel About Paid Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

A majority of Americans support mandating paid sick leave for employees, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Seventy-four percent of Americans...

Dave Jamieson

GOP: Sick Leave For Me, None For Thee

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Polls have shown most Americans like the idea of requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to workers who fall ill. In fact, the i...

Laura Bassett

The New Women's Issues: Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

Two years ago, a spat between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over Planned Parenthood funding sparked a national debate about ...

Companies Should Pay You to Stay Home With the Flu, Study Says

Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jeffrey Kopman Dragging yourself out of bed, sneezing through rush hour traffic, and coughing your way from 9 to 5 instead of taking a sick day ...

Paid Sick Time - Crucial for Keeping Families Afloat, and Good for the Employers' Bottomline

MotherWoman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people come to work when they're sick. This is partly due to the fact that I caught bronchitis from a sick collea...

Supporting LGBT Workers and Their Families in Times of Need

Jared Make | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jared Make

When illness strikes or a child is born or adopted, workers should not have to worry about losing a job or critical income. The LGBT community must join the call for paid leave laws and ensure that all workers have the support and time to recover from illness and care for their loved ones.

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality

Paid Sick Days for a Million More New Yorkers

Brad Lander | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

Taking a day off when you are sick. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but many low-wage New Yorkers have no paid sick days and even put their job at risk if they stay home sick without pay. But soon that will be in the past.

Mother's Day Is Different This Year

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
Eileen Appelbaum

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.

Mothers, Working Families Aren't Fooled

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?