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Paid Sick Days

NYC Set To Pass Paid Sick Days Bill

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — In a significant victory amid a push for paid sick time laws around the country, city lawmakers voted Wednesday to make businesses pr...

Mother's Day Is Different This Year

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
Eileen Appelbaum

It isn't your mother's Mother's Day any more. There's a new and lively conversation underway about what it takes to maximize mothers' contributions, both to the economy and to their families.

Mothers, Working Families Aren't Fooled

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?

Working Families Flexibility Act: Not Good for Working Parents and Bad for the Economy

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

Parents need the flexibility to take a child who suddenly develops a high fever to the doctor or to attend a meeting with their child's teacher. The comp time bill House Republican introduced last Thursday does not address these needs at all.

Paid Sick Days, good for families, good for business

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Women
Madeleine M. Kunin

When some working moms and dads wake up in the morning feeling sick, they don't just worry about calling the doctor. They worry about calling the bos...

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.

Eric Cantor's New Plan Would Cost Workers Time, Flexibility and Money

Ellen Bravo | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Workers desperately want more time with their families, more control over their hours, and fair compensation. The Cantor/Roby bill would make it harder for them to have any of the above.

"Comp-Time" in a Real-time World

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Overtime pay is not just to be kind to workers. It also counteracts the absence of a federal statute that sets a ceiling on weekly work hours. What's to keep an employer from routinely asking for 70 hours and firing employees if they refuse?

What's Behind the Momentum for Paid Sick Days?

Ellen Bravo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Ellen Bravo

In just two weeks, the movement for paid sick days has seen three victories -- in Portland, Ore., Philadelphia, and most recently, New York City. Local coalitions in each place encountered fierce opposition, and yet the wave of wins continues. Why now?

Sick Days Go Viral

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Around the nation, states and localities are enacting laws that provide a sick days labor standard, so that workers do not lose wages or jobs when the flu strikes.

Top Five Moments From the JUFJ Labor Seder

Sam Jewler | Posted 05.25.2013 | DC
Sam Jewler

This year's Jews United for Justice seder, entitled "Let My People Go Home Sick," was a perfect blend of Jewish tradition and activism for paid sick leave.

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.,...

Why Is the Restaurant Lobby Making Us Sick?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Remember all the times that as a full-time salaried worker, you stayed home with a cold or to take care of a sick child? It's a perk many of us take for granted, but for workers who handle our food, in jobs where spreading germs is among the most risky, calling in sick not even an option.

When Family Leave Crosses the Aisle

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

It's time to expand unpaid leave to cover the 40 percent of all workers who are currently ineligible and to establish national family and medical leave insurance to meet 21st century workforce needs.

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Debra L. Ness

It is during public health crises like these that we are reminded of the grave consequences of our country's failure to let workers earn paid sick days.

Dave Jamieson

Got The Flu? Too Bad, Clock In | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Business

During flu season last year, Alfredo Galdamez recalls several co-workers showing up for work at his Chicago restaurant while sick. The eatery had an o...

Flu Prevention? Try Paid Sick Days

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The majority of states reporting flu cases now say the outbreak is at "severe" levels. To avoid the spread of germs, we have to ensure that no one will lose income or a job for staying home sick.

Newtown Police Officers At Risk Of Losing Pay

AP | MICHAEL MELIA | Posted 02.25.2013 | Business

HARTFORD, Conn. — Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but ...

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.

All New Yorkers Need "Paid Sick Leave"

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

It is time for Intro 97 to become law, and I look forward to assisting my colleagues in the City Council in their efforts on behalf of this "Paid Sick Leave" legislation. This is the right thing to do.

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...

Protesters Expose the National Federation of Independent Business' Bus Tour in Orlando

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

When the National Federation of Independent Business rolled into Orlando, they ran into some unexpected company: a crowd of 70 local business owners, community leaders and Orlando voters who rejected the group's claims to be a legitimate representative of small business.

Should Startups Offer Employees Paid Vacation Time Off?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 12.16.2012 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Some companies are paying people to take vacations (or offering unlimited vacation time). Would you do this in your business? Why or why not?

Dave Jamieson

Disney Helps Kill Paid Sick Time Measure | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

Thanks largely to the pressure brought by the business lobby in Orange County, Fla., it appears the most magical place on earth won't include mandated...

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

At a time when more than 40 million hardworking Americans can't earn any paid sick time to use when they get stomach flu or need a medical test -- and millions more can't earn paid sick time to care for an ailing child -- it's a question we all need answered.