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Major City Votes To Expand Paid Sick Leave Law

amNewYork, New York | Ivan Pereira | Posted 02.27.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Some Business Leaders Still Fighting Basic Worker Protection Like Paid Sick Leave

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 06.30.2012 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Mayor Bloomberg's opposition to paid sick leave is perplexing. Perhaps more than any mayor of a major American city in recent times, he has led the way on improvement in municipal public health.

Supreme Court Makes Ruling In Maryland Case

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 03.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states cannot be sued under the Family and Medical Leave Act for refusing to give an employee time ...

WATCH: Hancock Releases Ad Against Paid Sick Leave Initiative

Posted 10.11.2011 | Denver

The hard work of the activists at The Campaign for a Healthy Denver has paid off -- the Denver City Clerk ruled Monday that a paid-sick-leave initiati...

Paid Sick Days Protest At Starbucks Today

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.11.2011 | Denver

The Campaign for a Healthy Denver, advocates for paid sick leave in Denver, submitted a petition with over three times the amount of needed signatures...

Paid Sick Leave For All Denver Employees?

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.04.2011 | Denver

Paid sick leave advocates submitted a petition to Denver’s Election Division Tuesday to qualify for November’s ballot. The petition signatures...

Standing up for a Family Friendly Economy

Carol Joyner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Carol Joyner

Too often today, family values end at the workplace door. A new Human Rights Watch report just hammered home how behind-the-times we, as a country, are.

Protection for Horses But Not Sick Workers?

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

In May, City Council hearings will begin for the second year on a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all full-time employees working for New York City businesses.

Walmart's Sick Day Policy Hurts Workers, Families, and Customers

Taylor Leake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Taylor Leake

Walmart employees get "demerits" -- which can lead to termination -- when they call in sick. This practice encourages ill workers to come in to work, which risks spreading diseases.

Health Experts Fear That Lack Of Sick Leave Helps Spread Swine Flu

nytimes.com | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Public health experts worried about the spread of the H1N1 flu are raising concerns that workers who deal with the public, like waiters and child care...

Arthur Delaney

Rosa DeLauro: Swine Flu "Looming Large" Behind Sick Leave Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced a bill this week that would allow American workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year. A study released ...