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

Ben Spielberg | Posted 02.16.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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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On Father's Day, Remember the Power of Our Daughters

Greg Speed | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

Frankly, like many parents who frequently travel for work, I can't help turning my focus to my kids this time of year and the occasional guilt that comes from many nights away from home.

Laura Bassett

Fired Single Mom Asks Senate Why Women Don't Have Workplace Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Armanda Legros, a single mother in Queens, New York, was six and a half months pregnant with her second son in 2012 when she lost her jo...

America's Vacation Deficit Disorder: Our Little Trillion Dollar Problem

William D. Chalmers | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

The end of May used to mark the unofficial start of vacation season in America. Summer was bookended by long weekends: Memorial and Labor Day. Three g...

Making the Road in New York: A Model for Work-Family Policy Change

Carol Joyner | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Carol Joyner

We need a living wage so workers can be effective on the job and at home. We need to close the wage gap so working women and minorities aren't discriminated against and have more money to spend as consumers. And we need paid sick days, which are not only morally right, but are sound fiscal and business policy.

States and Cities Deliver Pregnancy Fairness Laws; This Mother's Day, It's Congress's Turn

Dina Bakst | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Dina Bakst

Why shouldn't every pregnant woman in America have the law on her side? Why should any expecting mother be forced to choose between critical income, or even worse, her job, and honoring her doctor's orders?

Paid Sick Leave for North Carolina's Women -- and Men

Ellen Bravo | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

When women succeed, America succeeds. What policies do we need in order to foster that success? Paid sick days, as a start.