Talk about jobs and the economy seems to be everywhere - on television, online and at millions of kitchen tables across the country.
Over the past year, some workers and their families have rested a little easier knowing they will be able to recover from illness or help a family member do so without sacrificing much-needed income.
As National Work and Family Month drew to a close this time last year, working families were hopeful that the upcoming election would mean that the economy would turn around, families would regain control of their finances and economic security, and the country would finally get back on track after a crippling recession.
This year, we have achieved significant victories in our work to ensure more working people have the right to earn paid sick days.
With the recent decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court weakened the ability of individuals to band together in class action lawsuits to challenge corporate misconduct.
Momentum and support for paid sick days policies in this country are growing like never before.
For working families today, paid sick days can mean the difference between staying afloat and being unable to afford basic expenses like food and transportation - and this lifeline comes at minimal or no cost to businesses.
As we near the end of LGBT Health Awareness Week — a time to focus on eliminating the health disparities and health care discrimination faced by the LGBT community — we cannot forget the role that access to health care plays in promoting the health and well-being of LGBT workers and their families.
A new study released today shows that San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) — the first citywide paid sick days standard in the country — has been proven a success.
Few workplace policies in the United States recognize the dual demands of work and family. Our lack of a paid sick time standard is a prime example.
Our country needs more adequate, reasonable and flexible sick leave policies. Tens of millions of workers in this country don't have a single paid sick day. Many of those who do can't use them to meet their family's health needs. As a result, kids and their parents are forced to go to school or work sick, contagion spreads, and public health suffers.
Throughout the long, hot summer — despite the veto-proof majority in the New York City Council, despite the endless terrible experiences of workers who've been forced to work sick, despite the loads of testimony in favor of the Paid Sick Time Act — New York's proposed paid sick days law has remained in limbo.
In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation's lawmakers and their staff. It's a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it — and often they have an experience to share.
Do you worry about losing your job when you get sick? If you're like 40 million other workers in this country, perhaps you should!
It's hard to believe, but the sick truth is tens of millions of workers in the good ole U. S. of A. don't have a single paid sick day.
Given the recent news about Wal-Mart's sick days practice, we all may want to think twice about shopping there this holiday season—which regrettably overlaps with cold and flu season.
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