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Paid Sick Leave

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

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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...

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2015 | 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.

Jonathan Cohn

Pennsylvania's Fight Over Paid Sick Days Could Be The Presidential Campaign's Next Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

You’ve got a nasty head cold, or maybe your kid is home with the flu. If you’re a waitress and you call in sick, should the law forbid your employ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Patty Murray Vows To Pursue ‘Every Avenue' For Paid Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last month the Senate passed a measure during the midnight hours that has one lawmaker pretty pumped up. The issue: paid sick days fo...

Jonathan Cohn

Working Parents Should Be Very Happy About This Obscure Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

Something pretty remarkable happened late last month while the Senate was voting on the annual budget resolution. And it had very little to do with th...

5 Radical Ideas Hillary Should Support

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

I've argued that Hillary Clinton is at risk of being a weak presidential nominee -- on several counts. She seems like yesterday's news rather than tomorrow's. The excitement of a having a breakthrough woman president is blunted by the fact that her husband got there first. She will raise a ton of money from Wall Street, just like the Republican nominee, blurring differences and depressing turnout. Despite the absence of a formidable primary challenger (assuming Elizabeth Warren doesn't run), Clinton is likely to under-perform in the primaries. Still, she is likely to be the Democratic nominee. While it's good that Clinton is positioning herself as more of a progressive, I think she needs to be even more radical, both to generate real enthusiasm and to address America's real problems.

Microsoft Shows White House How To 'Lead On Leave'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

For the past several months, White House officials and Democrats in Congress have been using the bully pulpit to encourage more U.S. businesses to off...

There's More Than One Kind of Family -- It's Time Our Laws Include Everyone

Yee Won Chong | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Yee Won Chong

My family does not look like me. We don't share the same DNA. But our family ties are real and our economic stability is interdependent. We must make sure the rights of each person and their families are equally protected.

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Should Not Kill Philadelphia's Earned Paid Sick Days

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

In February Philadelphia joined 16 other cities and three states that provide workers with guaranteed access to a few days of paid time off each year to recover from an illness or care for a sick child.

Staples, Like Other Companies, Can Afford to Treat Their Workers Right

Ben Spielberg | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Ben Spielberg

Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.

The Healthy Families Act: For Healthy Families, Healthy Businesses and a Healthy Economy

Linda Meric | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Linda Meric

Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT) re-introduced the Healthy Families Act (HFA) on the heels of another city victory in Philadelphia today.

How Do We Restore the Promise of Work in America?

Maureen Conway | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Maureen Conway

Too often we begin with old assumptions about what government can accomplish or what business can do; we need to cast fixed ideas aside and remain open to learning from these examples, and many more, in order to find our way to restoring the promise of work.

President's 5 Economic Proposals That Could Benefit LGBTQ People

Meghan Maury | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

This week, President Obama introduce a series of economic proposals during his annual State of the Union speech. Here's how five of them would impact the LGBTQ community.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

Dave Jamieson

How Obama Can Expand Paid Leave Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the White House began making its case for more paid leave in the American workplace. With the Republican-controlled Congre...

To Promote Women's Leadership, Don't Forget the Benefits Gap

Emily Baxter | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Baxter

Changing work culture, especially for high-earning women, means recognizing the value of caregiving and work-life balance. For women in hourly, low-wage work, it means changing cultures that see them as replaceable and also irresponsible when caregiving clashes with unpredictable schedules.

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Had Winning Issues, Just Not Winning Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If American voters want to see the minimum wage raised, they sure have a funny way of showing it. Binding ballot initiatives that wou...

Dave Jamieson

Paid Sick Days Are Coming To Another State

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Massachusetts on Tuesday became the third state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for workers, with voters decisively approving a sick-leave b...

Cast Your Vote for American Values

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Money is pouring into this year's mid-term election -- mostly from the pockets of right-wing billionaires. The total is projected to top $4 billion. Thirteen states have annual budgets of $4 billion or less.

Guess Who's Leading on Paid Leave? (Hint: Not Us)

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

How can we say we're for family values when so many women in the United States have to jeopardize their livelihood to take a few weeks off from work after giving birth? Should a man have to sacrifice his economic security to take care of his sick mother or his wife returning wounded from active duty?

Dave Jamieson

Millions Of U.S. Workers Are About To Get Paid Sick Days

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

In the largest expansion of its kind to date, the state of California on Wednesday extended paid sick leave to millions of workers who would otherwise...