All Featured Highlights: Work/Life and Job Quality
Aug 28, 2014
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Celebrate Local, State Victories on Labor Day: New Laws Promote Job Quality
In the wake of the Great Recession, job growth is concentrated in low-wage sectors that leave families struggling to get by, and the wages in these sectors are getting worse. Across the country, despite gridlock in Congress, workers and advocates have been winning campaigns to enact new rules that will improve the quality of jobs, particularly those paying lower wages.
- Aug 15, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Starbucks’ Scheduling Changes are a Start, But We Need Public Policies Starbucks has announced that it will enforce its existing scheduling polices and eliminate some unfair practices following a recent New York Times article about the harrowing experiences of an employee grappling with an erratic, unpredictable schedule.
- Aug 05, 2014 | Lauren French Local, National Initiatives Aim to Improve Working Conditions for Low-Wage Workers Tiffany Beroid was working as a customer service manager at Walmart while attending community college classes to become a nurse
Aug 01, 2014
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers
Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families. Franken’s comments echo all the evidence: paid leave is a no-brainer that benefits both workers and employers. Unfortunately, far too many workers still lack paid leave, including paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.
- Jul 22, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Job Schedules that Work for Students
- Jul 22, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Why We Need the Schedules that Work Act: Andrea's Story The Schedules that Work Act could have a profound effect on the lives of workers who must deal with unpredictable and unstable job schedules. Read the story of one worker who struggled with such conditions.
- Jul 03, 2014 | Alex Wang On July 4th, Remember our Roots and Provide Sick Days for Immigrant Workers A new brief co-authored by CLASP and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research finds that immigrant workers have less access to sick days than their native-born counterparts.
- Jul 03, 2014 | Alex Wang, Jeffrey Hayes, and Liz Ben-Ishai As Foreign--Born Worker Population Grows, Many Lack Paid Sick Days Access to paid sick days is a key labor standard that improves public health, business' bottom lines, workers safety, and economic security. However, more than 45 million private sector workers in the United States lack access to this safeguard.
- Jun 25, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai White House Summit Lifts Up Important Policy Changes The White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC on June 23rd emphasized that workplace policies need to change. The Obama administration made a few announcements highlighting initiatives that should improve workplaces and public policies.
- Jun 24, 2014 | Fatima Cervantes HuffPo Live Asks: What's Fair for Working Families?
- Jun 18, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai and Christina Walker Coming to America: Immigrant Parents’ Jobs Don’t Allow for Investments in Children
- Jun 13, 2014 | Lauren French Conference Explores Connections Between Low-Wage Work and Child Poverty More than 16 million children in the United States are living in poverty, making our child poverty rate—a shocking 23 percent—one of the highest in the developed world.
- Jun 10, 2014 | Fatima Cervantes It’s in the Food: How the Lack of Paid Sick Days is Harming Health across the Board A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that workers without paid sick days are at high risk of spreading illness. Infected food workers without paid sick leave easily transmit illnesses such as Norovirus.
Jun 09, 2014
| Scott Behson
Paternity Leave for All Dads
In honor of Father’s Day, coming up later this week, we're pleased to share a special guest post from Scott Behson. Scott is a Professor of Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
- Jun 06, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business - June 2014 Getting Down to Business is CLASP’s monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
May 14, 2014
| Lauren French
Growing Attention on Paid Leave as a Dimension of Inequality
President Obama, in his most recent State of the Union address, predicted that fighting inequality would be the “defining project of our generation.” The President’s forecast reflects a growing concern among most Americans about rising economic inequality. Conversations about inequality often focus on the wage gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. However, increasingly, advocates, policymakers, and members of the public have come to recognize that other aspects of compensation, such as paid family and medical leave and earned sick time, are an important part of the equation.
May 08, 2014
| Lauren French
The FAMILY Act is Best for Babies
The first few months of children’s lives are crucial for their cognitive, social and emotional development. Social interactions with primary caregivers during these early stages are essential to shaping the architecture of babies’ brains. However, this critical bonding time is often limited by two important factors in parents’ lives: time and money.
- May 02, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - May 2014 Getting Down to Business is CLASP’s monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
May 02, 2014
| Lauren French
How Good Jobs Help Parents Meet Babies’ Vaccination Schedules
As we recognize the health benefits of vaccination during National Infant Immunization Week, we must also recognize the impossible choice faced by many working parents: jeopardize their family’s financial stability to take their children to immunization appointments or put those children at risk of contracting a dangerous illness.
- Apr 24, 2014 | Lauren French Earned Sick Days Contribute to Safe Workplaces More than 4,000 hard working men and women die on the job every year, and tens of thousands more are injured or become ill from diseases contracted at work.