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Paid Sick Leave

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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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...

Paid Sick Leave an Ethical, Factual and Political No-Brainer

Ben Spielberg | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Some political debates have two equally valid sides. More often than not, however, the evidence is significantly more one-sided than journalists and pundits suggest. AB 1522 is an example of legislation for which there is no ethical, intellectually honest opposition

Be Patriotic: Fight for Progressive Change

Keith Mestrich | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

To me, patriotism isn't just about celebrating our strengths; it's also about getting real about where we can -- and must -- do better.

Why We Need Paid Sick Leave Now

Keith Mestrich | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. aren't eligible for even one paid sick day. It's a big problem for individuals, families and our economy as a whole.

Laura Bassett

How The U.S. Is Failing Its Working Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Being a working parent is relatively tough in the United States, thanks to a lack of policies guaranteeing flexibility, paid leave and affordable chil...

Beyond Summit, Sustained Focus Needed for Working Women and Families

Liz Shuler | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Liz Shuler

It's crucial that we help working families who are quickly falling further and further behind.

Lacking Paid Sick Leave, Thousands Of Grocery Employees Work Ill

Capital and Main | Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

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