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Obama Signs Executive Order On Paid Sick Days

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Labor Day requiring that federal contractors provide their employees with paid sick leave, t...

Laura Barron-Lopez

AFL-CIO Tells 2016 Presidential Candidates There Is ‘No Place To Hide' On Wages, Fast-Track | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s largest labor union drew a line in the sand Tuesday for those vying to become the next president of the United States, co...

Laura Barron-Lopez

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

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

5 New Regulations That Will Impact Your Small Business in 2015

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

You have to follow many regulations as a small business owner--many of which apply to your employees. There are at least twenty state and federal laws applicable to small businesses that employ fifteen or fewer employees.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Most Americans Support Paid Sick Days, Parental Leave | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

A majority of Americans think employers should be required to pay for sick leave and time off for new parents, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll. ...

Business Owners: Here's How the President's SOTU Proposals Will Affect You

Gene Marks | Posted 03.25.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Good speech? Bad speech? That's irrelevant. And it's not important what you think of the president either. What's more important is what will actually impact your company. And based on the above, some of what the president discussed will impact you. That's what you should be thinking about as you begin this new year.

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Let's Talk About Paid Family Leave

Michelle Noehren | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

While protecting and defending our right to abortion services we must also support the choices of women who want to expand their families. Paid family leave is a natural extension of the choice movement because our ultimate goal is to support women, no matter their choice.

The New Rules for Retail Workers

David Morris | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
David Morris

The human cost in disrupted lives is enormous. Uncertain schedules undermine workers' efforts to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities or maintain stable childcare or pursue education or training or juggle a second part time job.

Democrat Candidates Lost, Democrat Issues Won

David Morris | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
David Morris

I'll leave it up to others to debate the reasons behind this apparent contradiction. My own opinion is that ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues must focus on issues, not personality, temperament or looks.

The Time For Paid Family And Medical Leave And Paid Sick Days Is Now

Linda Meric | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

When it comes to workplace policies like paid family and medical leave and paid sick days, the vast majority of Americans -- across party lines and across demographics -- agree that we need laws to keep working families economically secure when urgent health and caregiving needs arise.

Major City Votes To Expand Paid Sick Leave Law

amNewYork, New York | Ivan Pereira | Posted 04.29.2014 | Small Business

A whole lot more city small business employees are about to get paid sick leave. By a 46-5 vote Wednesday, the City Council extended the paid sick le...

Lean In or Lean Back? How about Bend Down?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Margery Leveen Sher

These days, we have so much publicly-expressed angst among women and eminent advice-givers. But as we commemorate this National Work and Family Month,...

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

Paid Sick Days Movement Heats Up

Linda Meric | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Linda Meric

The opposition relies on the faulty argument that paid sick days are bad for business. But the truth is that earned leave promotes productivity and saves businesses money.

A Sick Leave Bill Is an Insult to Employers and Employees

Gene Marks | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

I can't be trusted to come up with my own policy for my employees? I care so little for my people that I would try to take advantage of them when they're feeling ill? I need the city to tell me when I should pay them for staying at home?

More Than U.S. 700 Cities Don't Require Paid Sick Days

Posted 03.14.2013 | Business

There are at least 700 cities in the country where employers aren’t required to give their workers paid sick leave. The city of Portland, Oreg.,...

'Achoo!' Should You Go to Work When You're Sick?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

You might feel that you're letting the team -- or yourself -- down, but there are lots of reasons not to work if you're not up to it.

Laura Bassett

Bill Clinton Joins Push For Paid Sick Leave | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Twenty years ago on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires companies to grant their e...

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Then, Now and Next

Seth D. Harris | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Seth D. Harris

Today, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Department of Labor is releasing the results of a survey on the act's use and impact. Plain and simple: the act is still good for workers and their families -- and yes, it's good for business.

The Other Conversation We Need To Have About Pregnancy And Work

Christina Huffington | Posted 12.13.2012 | Women

Pregnant women face numerous challenges at work -- discrimination in hiring and the absence of federally mandated maternity leave, to name two. Howeve...

The Reason Your Co-Workers Are Making You Sick

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 11.16.2012 | Money

Beware: there is a very good chance that your coworker is sick and may even be contagious. Close to 80 percent of office workers show up to work e...

Europeans Who Get Sick On Vacation Can Take Another One, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

We've all been there: You’re eagerly waiting to take off on a well-earned vacation, only the person next to you on the plane can’t stop sneezing. ...

Court Rules: Sick On Vacation? Take Another Vacation

New York Times | Paul Geitner | Posted 06.22.2012 | Money

BRUSSELS — For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear ...

A Surprising Consequence Of The Recession

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.31.2012 | Business

Sick days seem to be a thing of the past -- and the weak economy may be to blame. In the first three months of 2011, sick days accounted for an ave...