All Featured Highlights: Work/Life and Job Quality
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 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.