Paid Sick Days
The nation has entered an exciting new era that will allow millions of lower-wage workers to access health care insurance. Tragically, many of these workers will be unable to take advantage of this historic new benefit because they cannot take time off of work to get the care they need due to lack of paid sick days. As part of its work life and job quality work, CLASP advocates for state and federal paid sick days policies that will allow more workers to take time off when they need to tend to their own or a family member's health.
You Are Where You Eat: ROC National Diners’ Guide 2014
By: Lauren French
The restaurant industry is one of the largest sectors of the US economy and is projected to see some of the highest levels of growth by 2020. But the industry isn't sharing its success with the people who have, in large part, made this growth possible: restaurant workers who are routinely paid poverty-level wages and rarely have access to crucial benefits, including paid sick days. Six in ten of the lowest paying jobs in the US are found in the restaurant industry, and tipped workers are more than twice as likely as non-tipped workers to fall below the federal poverty line.
Thanks in part to the success of the sustainable food movement, consumers have become increasingly sensitized to the ethical practices of restaurants. A sustainable food system means not only that the food on our tables is good for us and for the environment, but also that the people serving us can afford to put food on their own tables and have time to care for their families. To make this possible diners must join in the fight to improve the quality of restaurant jobs.
In order to assist consumers in making ethical dining choices, for the third year, the Restaurant Opportunity Centers (ROC) United has compiled a National Diners' Guide. The guide provides information about the wages, benefits, and promotion practices of the 100 highest grossing restaurants in America. It also lists "high road" restaurants, which offer exceptional working conditions to their employees.
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Dec 12, 2013 Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law Would Help Employers Do Good and Do Well #FAMILYAct
- Lauren French | Nov 06, 2013 American Public Health Association Voices Support for Paid Leave
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Nov 01, 2013 Getting Down to Business Newsletter - November 2013
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Jun 06, 2013 Getting Down to Business Newsletter - March 2013
- Lauren French | Sep 19, 2013 D.C. Council Considers Expanded Paid Sick Leave Law
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Oct 04, 2013 Getting Down to Business Newsletter - October 2013
- CLASP | Sep 18, 2013 Child Poverty in the U.S.: What New Census Data Tell Us About Our Youngest Children
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Jul 26, 2013 Implementing Earned Sick Days Laws: Top Tips from Connecticut, San Francisco, and Seattle
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Jul 18, 2013 Implementing Earned Sick Days Laws: Learning from Connecticut's Experience
- Liz Ben-Ishai | Jul 03, 2013 Getting Down to Business Newsletter - July 2013