All Featured Highlights: Work/Life and Job Quality
- Feb 13, 2015 | Liz Ben-Ishai Persistence Pays Off for Earned Sick Days Advocates; State, Local Momentum Driving National Action
Apr 15, 2015
| Felicia J. Onuma
One year later, the results of Jersey City’s Earned Sick Days law are promising
One year after Jersey City’s earned sick days ordinance took effect, the verdict is in: workers and business are both winning big. Contrary to opponents’ predictions, a new study shows that more than one-third of employers have experienced higher employee productivity, made better-quality hires, and had less employee turnover since implementing the law.
- Feb 12, 2015 | CLASP On the Heels of State and Local Earned Sick Days Wins, Federal Bill is Re-Introduced February 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Today, Members of Congress answered President Obama’s call for “a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave.”
- Apr 09, 2015 | AARP Public Policy Institute, CLASP, and NELP Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers: An Analysis of State Rules and Practices Workers who lose their jobs due to caring for older, sick, or disabled family members are unlikely to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. This is the case despite provisions in some states’ UI rules that are intended to address such situations.
Feb 24, 2015
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Inequities in Paid Sick Days Access, “No-Fault” Attendance Policies Show Need for Public Policy
According to a new analysis of the 2014 National Study of Employers, many workers whose companies offer paid sick days still face barriers to access. The report, co-authored by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as part of their joint When Work Works project, finds that many firms exclude part-time workers from their paid sick time policies and some impose unfair and counterproductive “no-fault attendance policies.”
- Feb 05, 2015 Wages Lost, Jobs at Risk: The Serious Consequences of Lack of Paid Leave
- Feb 05, 2015 | Liz Ben-Ishai FMLA Anniversary Marks Progress, Reminds Us There’s More to Do Let’s make this the last year we celebrate FMLA while still waiting for paid leave for all workers. By passing common-sense legislation, next year we can celebrate FMLA as a stepping stone that got us where we needed to go.
Nov 10, 2014
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Implementing Earned Sick Days Laws: Top Tips from Connecticut, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City
The lessons learned from earned sick days implementation experiences in Connecticut, San Francisco, and Seattle are useful not only for officials in cities or states with newly passed sick days laws, but also for advocates, who may want to consider the implementation process as they work to draft and pass legislation.
- Nov 07, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - November 2014
- Nov 05, 2014 Job Quality Wins at the Ballot Box; Next Up: Federal Laws and Implementation
- Oct 07, 2014 Getting Down to Business Newsletter - October 2014
- Sep 16, 2014 | CLASP Poverty Fell in 2013; Children and Young Adults Still Face the Greatest Risks CLASP examines the trends revealed in the Census Bureau's 2013 poverty data, including a decline in poverty among young children.
- Sep 05, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - September 2014 Getting Down to Business is CLASP’s monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
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 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.