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Paid Sick Leave

The Case for 12 Weeks Minimum Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Ellen Bravo

The U.S. stands alone among industrialized countries in having no national paid leave policy. Only 13 percent of workers here receive such a benefit through their employer. While many companies do a terrific job, at least for mothers who give birth, most do very little.

These Jimmy John's Workers Were Fired Illegally. Five Years Later, They Might Get Their Jobs Back.

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.17.2016 | Business

It's been five years since Mike Wilklow was slinging sandwiches at a Jimmy John's shop in Minneapolis. No longer a 20-something activist, Wilklow is 3...

Working Four Shifts a Day... And Lucky

Debra Pickett | Posted 03.08.2016 | Women
Debra Pickett

While my life feels exhausting, it is also deeply engaging and fulfilling. And, while the balancing act is often stressful, my family and I are incredibly insulated from real stresses. We're safe, we're healthy, we're well-fed and well-educated.

New Study: The U.S. Lags Behind Europe in Workplace Benefits

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 02.19.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

In many ways, Europe is an experimental laboratory for workplace policies. What can we learn from Europe's vast experience about what works--and what ...

Having Safe Food Means Treating Restaurant Workers Better

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business

As Chipotle continues to reel from the food safety crisis that sickened hundreds of people and withered the fast-casual chain’s store sales and stoc...

Bernie Sanders' Home State Just Passed A Paid Sick Leave Law

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 02.18.2016 | Business

Vermont is set to pass a paid sick leave law, joining just four other states in offering what is a standard benefit in most developed economies. Alrea...

Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government. With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave.

Unpaid Family Leave Is Leaving the Sandwich Generation Behind

The Heller School | Posted 02.01.2016 | Fifty
The Heller School

Other countries offer their working parents family and medical leave that is of longer duration and at least partially paid. The U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we are amongst the 112 countries (out of 145) that do not provide paid leave away from work to care for adult family members.

How We Can Conquer Stress in the Workplace

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Terry O'Neill

Only half of new mothers take any paid time from work in connection with the birth of their first child, and nearly one quarter of mothers overall are back at work within two weeks of giving birth. I'd say that's a pretty stressful situation -- wouldn't you?

Chipotle's Paid Sick Leave Has Nothing To Do With Its Food Safety Crisis

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business

Chipotle is giving its hourly workers paid sick leave. And that's wonderful. But the company did not implement the policy as a response to its terribl...

Here's The Latest Company To Improve Its Parental Leave And Sick Time Perks

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business

Electronic payment company PayPal Holdings Inc said on Thursday it will increase its paid maternity and sick leave programs and offer time off for U.S...

Why People Go To Work Sick

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living

You've probably complained about your sneezing, sniffling co-worker, until you're the one to coming into work with a cold. Germs seem to spread in th...

What We're not Hearing From Republicans: Issues That Matter to Women and Families

Kate Black | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Kate Black

For almost two years, American Women has been listening to women from across the country as they talk about their daily struggles, what keeps them up at night and what policy solutions they believe can make a real difference in their lives. Here is what we know.

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.

More Free Stuff for Corporations

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans and the rich guys who imposed 35 years of stagnant wages on American workers now offer a prescription for easing this pain! More free stuff for corporations!

Carly Fiorina's Betrayal of Women: A 'Majority' But Who Deserve Neither Equality Nor Autonomy.

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Fiorina is engaging in a (typical Republican) tactic of betrayal. Extol the virtues of some group (women, minorities, the poor) and then refuse to do anything that would actually help.

The GOP Has It Wrong on Paid Maternity Leave

Amy K. Dacey | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Amy K. Dacey

It's no secret that we as a country still have a long way to go when it comes to paid maternity leave. Right now the United States is the only advanced economy that does not have a paid maternity leave requirement. And it's not just paid maternity leave where we fall short.

Paid Sick Leave Is Fast Becoming A Right -- Not A Privilege

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business

It’s getting harder for your boss to get away with not offering paid sick leave. That’s of course good news for the many workers, mostly hourly a...

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Mike Quigley | Posted 09.07.2015 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Instead of focusing on attacking unions and the labor movement, we need to find ways to strengthen and empower workers so we can put more money in the pockets of middle class families. But what does it mean to strengthen and empower workers?

Hard Work With Jeb Bush

Dean Baker | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

In describing his economic agenda last week, Republican president candidate Jeb Bush said that "people need to work longer hours." While he quickly tried to walk this one back, there can be little doubt that Mr. Bush meant what he said.

Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.

What Do Paid Leave and a Box Full of Kittens Have in Common?

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Paid family leave is as popular as vanilla ice cream and a boxful of kittens. In a CBS-New York Times poll from late last month, 80 percent of people support a paid family leave law and 85 percent believe we should have paid sick leave!

Friday Talking Points -- Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats What 'Family Values' Should Mean

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trade deals are one subject (one of the very few left) which do not break down on party line. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are split over the issue, so it's not a repeat of the usual partisan battle lines. But it is a clear defeat for Obama, who lobbied hard to very little effect.

Oregon Senate Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would require all businesses with at least 10 employees in the state to provide paid sick leav...

Bernie Sanders Omits Key Democratic Priorities In First Presidential Campaign Speech

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

In case you didn't hear, self-described "democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders is running for president. The Independent from Vermont, who caucuses wit...