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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.
- 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.
Apr 14, 2014
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Access to Paid Leave: An Overlooked Aspect of Economic & Social Inequality
In recent months, economic inequality has been a focal point of political and popular debates. President Obama has taken executive action several times in 2014 to try to move the needle on what many feel is an unacceptable level of inequality in the United States.
- Mar 27, 2014 Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care
Mar 26, 2014
| Liz Ben-Ishai
The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act: An FAQ for Businesses
This FAQ addresses how the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would impact businesses.
- Mar 14, 2014 | Lauren French Working for Business: Effects of Connecticut's Earned Sick Leave Law The results are in: Connecticut’s earned sick days law has not hurt the state’s economy or taken a toll on individual businesses.
- Mar 10, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai Unstable Work Schedules Hurt Economy, Communities, and Families A new report by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Retail Action Project, and Women Employed reveals that unstable and unpredictable work schedules have severe implications for hourly-wage workers, as well as businesses and consumer spending.
Feb 05, 2014
| Liz Ben-Ishai
FMLA at Twenty-One: Let's Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work
A 20th anniversary is an important milestone. But turning 21? Although exciting for young adults, it’s a slightly less momentous number for a law. So, with the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) a year behind us, 21 is a good time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, improving upon the law. On this anniversary, policymakers, advocates, and businesses are calling for Congress to do more for working families.
Jan 22, 2014
| Lauren French
Survey Shows that Restaurants Can Reduce Costs Through Better Employment Practices
The restaurant industry is an important part of our economy, employing over 10 million people and generating sales revenues of $660.5 billion in 2013 alone. But despite its success, the industry offers its employees notoriously low wages and limited access to benefits and advancement opportunities. A new study shows that these practices may be harmful not just to workers, but to businesses as well.
Jan 16, 2014
| Lauren French
Shriver Report Shines Light on Women in Poverty
Despite the fact that women have become increasingly essential to our workplaces and are outnumbering men in our institutions of higher learning, a shocking number of women are still living one illness, car breakdown, or missed paycheck away from financial disaster.
- Jan 10, 2014 Getting Down to Business Newsletter - January Issue Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
Dec 17, 2013
| Lauren French
You Are Where You Eat: ROC National Diners' Guide 2014
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.
Dec 12, 2013
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law Would Help Employers Do Good and Do Well #FAMILYAct
When fast food workers bravely took to the streets in September to protest the unlivable wages that many earn, the media shone a spotlight on the exploitative and unsustainable practices of some large employers. But while these unscrupulous businesses deserve all the attention they are getting, they don't represent the majority of business owners. In fact, many workers are lucky enough to work for businesses that truly care about them--businesses that know the value of their employees and want to do what's right for them, including ensuring access to paid leave.
Dec 05, 2013
| Lauren French
Justice Begins at Home: Extending FLSA Protections to Home Care Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it would be extending the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime protections to workers who provide home care assistance to older adults and those with illness, injury or disability. This was welcome news for the nearly two million home workers who have long been denied these basic protections that most U.S. workers already enjoy.
Nov 20, 2013
| Lauren French
New Report Finds that Four in Ten Women Lack Economic Security
Despite the increasingly important role of women in America's workforce, many are still struggling to afford basic needs and make ends meet. In conjunction with Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-D), Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) recently hosted a congressional briefing to discuss these economic challenges. The briefing included remarks from Shawn McMahon, CEO of WOW; Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission of the Status of Women in Connecticut; and Anastasia Braucht, a Jersey Shore restaurant worker and volunteer with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
Nov 19, 2013
| Lauren French
75 Years of the FLSA: Celebrating and Looking Ahead
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the first federal law to set standards for minimum wage, overtime, and child labor regulations. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor celebrated this milestone by bringing together workers, researchers, and advocates to discuss the development of the FLSA and the future of workplace protections
Nov 06, 2013
| Lauren French
American Public Health Association Voices Support for Paid Leave
In exciting news for earned sick days and paid family and medical leave advocates across the country, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has issued a new policy statement supporting steps to create paid leave policies. This is a tremendous endorsement for paid leave campaigns, as well as for millions of U.S. workers who currently lack any access paid leave.
- Nov 01, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - November 2013 Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
Oct 30, 2013
| Lauren French
D.C. Workers and Businesses Show Support for Earned Sick Leave
More than 140 business leaders, restaurant workers, advocates, public health professionals and Washington, D.C. residents signed up to testify before a recent joint committee of the city council on proposed minimum wage and earned sick and safe leave legislation. The rush of people eager to speak at this Monday, October 28 meeting is evidence of the importance of the bills under consideration, which would raise the minimum wage and amend the existing Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. Earned sick leave advocates are calling on the committee to send a comprehensive bill addressing both earned sick leave and a minimum wage increase to the full city council. At the hearing, the majority of council members supported extending earned sick and safe leave. Councilmember Vincent B. Orange, Sr., chair of the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs, unequivocally stated that "we will get sick leave passed."
Oct 17, 2013
| Liz Ben-Ishai
Signs of Culture Change: San Francisco Passes Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance
Workers who are caregivers to children or other dependents often face considerable hardships as they try to meet their caregiving obligations while performing their jobs. In San Francisco, workers will soon have a potential avenue to address these issues. Last week, the city's board of supervisors unanimously passed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, which will give workers who have personal caregiving obligations the right to request changes to their working conditions in order to meet these obligations.
- Oct 04, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - October 2013 Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
Oct 01, 2013
| Lauren French
Working Mother's 100 Best Companies Provide Paid Leave Model for the Nation
Working Mother magazine recently released its 28th annual list of the 100 Best Companies for working moms, honoring employers who offer flexible work schedules and benefits that provide support for women and working parents.
- Sep 19, 2013 | Lauren French D.C. Council Considers Expanded Paid Sick Leave Law On Tuesday, the D.C. Council introduced legislation that would finally give restaurant workers and new employees access to earned sick days. The new law, proposed by Marion Barry with the support of nine other councilmembers, would expand on the 2008 Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA). Although the ASSLA, the second earned sick days law to be passed in America, was an important milestone for workers and advocates it includes numerous exemptions that leave many workers in the District unprotected and struggling to care for their health and the health of their families.
- Sep 18, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Justice for Direct Care Workers Direct care workers \xe2\x80" workers who provide home care assistance to older adults and people with illnesses and disabilities \xe2\x80" have long been excluded from minimum wage and overtime protections enjoyed by most other classes of workers. Yesterday, the DOL announced a final rule that will end the loophole that has denied these essential service providers fair
- Sep 06, 2013 | Lauren French Grandparents Day Drives Home Importance of Paid Leave This Sunday, September 8, marks the annual celebration of National Grandparents Day. This holiday reminds us of the critical support that paid leave provides in caring for our older Americans. Paid leave greatly improves the quality of life and economic security of seniors by allowing them to address their own health needs while remaining in the workforce, and by allowing working family members to provide quality care to elder loved ones.
- Aug 30, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Labor Day Shines Light on Challenges, Courage of Low-Wage Workers Shaniqua, a 20-year-old mother, works for McDonald's in New York City, where she can rarely get 40 hours a week. She struggles to afford food, diapers, and other basics. Nick, a McDonald's worker in Indianapolis, survives on $800 per month while caring for his chronically ill mother and disabled brother. Medical bills from a recent sinus infection cost him nearly a month's wages. Dearius, an assistant manager at a Memphis Church's Chicken, says fast food workers are tired of struggling to provide for their kids. And Shonda, a 38-year-old mother of three who works at a KFC in Oakland, says she and other strikers "just want to be able to make enough money to provide the basic necessities of life: food, rent, clothing for my children."
- Aug 28, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Taking a Train Ride to History
- Aug 13, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai To Support Breastfeeding, Paid Family and Medical Leave is Crucial Having the time to bond with a new baby is crucial for many reasons. One reason why those first weeks after a baby is born are so vital is the importance of the breastfeeding relationship. However, for many mothers, that relationship is soon disrupted \xe2\x80" as many as a quarter of mothers return to work less than 10 days after the birth of their child, and half are back at work by 40 days post-partum. Breastfeeding can and does continue once women return to work \xe2\x80" the new federal healthcare law is helping to ensure that employers provide the accommodations that breastfeeding moms need. But to get off to a good start and ensure that breastfeeding can continue on, mothers need sufficient time away from work. And for most women, unpaid maternity leave is not a viable option.
- Aug 08, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - August 2013 Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- Jul 26, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai After Celebrating an Earned Sick Days Law, What's Next? Top Tips on Implementation When San Francisco became the first jurisdiction in the country to pass an earned sick days law, when Connecticut became the first state, and when Seattle followed in the footsteps of its fellow west coast city, advocates and supporters cheered. Now, as Portland and New York City move to implement their recently passed sick days laws \xe2\x80" and, hopefully, as others soon follow suit \xe2\x80" we can continue to celebrate the pioneering earned sick days laws by ensuring that the hard work and lessons learned from the implementation process don't go unheeded.
- Jul 19, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women's Economic Security and Small Business Success Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's press conference yesterday announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds," ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez's speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses. Velasquez is the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, which represents a community not always associated with support for policies like those in the newly announced agenda. Yet, as Velasquez showed, small business men and women have many reasons to support these policies.
- Jul 18, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Implementing Earned Sick Days Laws: Learning from Connecticut's Experience In 2011, Connecticut became the first state in the country to pass an earned sick days law. Connecticut's law did not allocate funds for the implementation process; enforcement and the process of writing guidance was to take place using the DOL's existing appropriations. As the state faced a serious budget crunch at the time of implementation, resources for outreach were extremely limited. This brief highlights the steps the DOL took to implement the law, despite the minimal funding available for the process. In addition, the brief offers some insight into what steps could have been taken prior to the passage of the law to avoid some of the challenges the state faced once implementation began.
- Jul 03, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - July 2013 Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- Jun 25, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai State, Local Policies Make Important Steps Forward for Workplace Flexibility As working caregivers across the country increasingly find themselves at wits end trying to meet work deadlines, arrange childcare, get dinner on the table, and take elderly relatives to medical appointments, important developments in the movement to make workplaces more family-friendly are finally gaining political traction.
- Jun 24, 2013 | Molly Fries Audit: D.C. Sick Days Law Doesn't Hurt Business, Must Be Strengthened When you or your child are sick, the last thing you want to do is go to work. Taking a day off can often be the difference between feeling healthy and productive and feeling terrible while risking the health of your coworkers. Sadly, for many families, taking a day off isn't an option.
- Jun 21, 2013 | CLASP and Partner Organizations Comments on the Proposed Hardship Exemption Regulations of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 Along with several other organizations, CLASP suggests revisions to the recently proposed regulations implementing the hardship exemption of D.C.'s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008.
- Jun 20, 2013 | Lily Jamaludin Why Workplace Policies Need to Keep Up with Realities of Family Care Imagine having to choose between caring for a loved one and trying to pay the bills. That's the decision millions of workers in middle- and lower-income families face as more and more Americans must provide care for an older relative. This week, the AARP released a report entitled "Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies." The report highlights the necessity for public policies to address the needs of an increasing number of working caregivers. "Keeping Up with the Times" examines three public policy solutions: unpaid family and medical leave; paid family and medical leave insurance; and, earned sick time.
- Jun 18, 2013 | Lily Jamaludin Study Shows Workers with Earned Sick Days are Healthier, More Productive A study in the "American Journal of Public Health" found that diseases like influenza spread more quickly throughout the workplace when employees don't have earned sick days. Despite this, politicians have lately been making controversial decisions on earned sick leave bills.
- Jun 11, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Business Associations Launch "Better Workplaces, Better Businesses" Website The first-ever national compilation of business supporters for earned sick days and family leave insurance is now available online through a partnership between the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the Main Street Alliance and Social Venture Network (SVN).
- Jun 06, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - June 2013 Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- May 06, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Getting Down to Business Newsletter - May 2013 Getting Down to Business is a CLASP monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- Apr 18, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Testimony on Working Families Flexibility Act As the Committee on Education and the Workforce considers The Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406) sponsored by Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), CLASP urges the Committee not to move measure forward. A mission of the Committee is to protect the workforce; the bill would add a new wage rule that raises the specter of greater vulnerability for the non-exempt workforce. Since enforcement of basic wage rules is woefully under resourced, we need to fix that first.
- Apr 02, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Getting Down to Business Newsletter - April 2013 Getting Down to Business is a CLASP monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- Apr 01, 2013 | Jodie Levin Epstein and Dr. Eileen Appelbaum Interview Protocol for MA Business Interviews on Earned Paid Sick Time
- Mar 26, 2013 | Andrea Lindemann Gilliam and Liz Ben-Ishai Implementing Earned Sick Day Laws: First Out of the Gate: San Francisco's Sick Days Law Implementing a new law is always a complex process. But what happens when you are the first jurisdiction in the country to pass such a law? This was the unique challenge facing San Francisco when it passed the nation's first earned sick days law in 2006. The City and County government took on the challenge admirably, employing a variety of creative strategies to conduct outreach to the public, write meaningful rules, and ensure the law would be properly enforced.
- Mar 20, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Business Voices: Implementation of Sick Days Laws is Straightforward Around the nation, city councils and state legislatures are increasingly considering legislation to establish a sick days' law. Employers, particularly those who are not familiar with sick days' policy, are leery of administering it. For some, this worry leads them to oppose passage of legislation. However, in locations where laws are already implemented, many businesses have stepped forward to acknowledge that administering sick days' policy is actually pretty simple.
- Mar 04, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Getting Down to Business Newsletter - March 2013 Getting Down to Business is a CLASP monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- Mar 01, 2013 | CLASP and ASBC New Tool for Job Quality Advocates: A Primer on Business Certifications Today, CLASP and its partner, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), released a new tool for job quality advocates, including advocates for earned sick days and paid family leave. The jointly produced brief provides advocates with a primer on the nuts and bolts of the business certification movement and suggests ways to foster fruitful relationships between the movement and campaigns for improved job quality, such as earned sick days campaigns.
- Feb 27, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Implementing Earned Sick Days Laws: Learning from Seattle's Experience Advocates in Seattle fought hard to build the support necessary to pass the city's Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance. But the hard work did not end when the law passed in November 2011. Once the ink on Seattle's ordinance had dried, the process of implementing the law began.
- Feb 19, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein When Family Leave Crosses the Aisle All politicians -- whether Democratic or Republican -- have a mother. While their politics may differ, they share a need to care for parents and other family at some point in their lives. That's common ground.
- Feb 14, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Family Leave Insurance: Before the Smoke Settles "Holy smokes!" is how James Heckman, a Nobel prize winner in economics, enthusiastically reacted to the details of President Obama's early childhood education plans. Heckman's shout-out makes sense. One doesn't need to be a Nobel laureate nor an economist to see how this early education agenda could make a huge difference in providing opportunity to many more children. While the agenda is bold and multifaceted and deserves high marks, it also missed a vital opportunity by neglecting to address paid family leave.
- Feb 13, 2013 | Emily Firgens FMLA: 20 Years of Building Bonds Between Babies and Parents, Time Now For Paid Leave! Last week marked the twentieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which has offered millions of workers access to up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave. More than 100 million workers have accessed this leave to take care of newborns, family members and themselves. As we celebrate FMLA 20 years later, we are also reminded of how far the U.S. still has to go in offering paid leave and fully supporting the needs of children and families.
- Feb 07, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Business Support for the Family and Medical Leave Act The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which enables workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave to care for their own serious illness, a sick family member, or to bond with a new baby, has been used by millions of workers since its passage in 1993. As this important piece of legislation celebrates its 20th anniversary, new data shows that the vast majority of businesses find administering the law easy, and 80 percent of small businesses favor the legislation. But the data also point to a pressing need for paid leave programs, like those in California and New Jersey. In those states, family leave insurance programs have made it possible for employees to take paid family leave, easing the financial burden of caring for oneself and one's family. Research shows that businesses in California have found the state's Paid Family Leave (PFL) program to be good for or have little effect on business. This brief from CLASP demonstrates business support for both the FMLA and paid family leave, while highlighting the pressing need for paid leave.
- Feb 01, 2013 | Work/Life & Job Quality Getting Down to Business Newsletter - February 2013 Getting Down to Business is a CLASP monthly update on the latest news about business and paid leave.
- Jan 18, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Chicago City Council Unanimously Passes Strong Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance Workers deserve to be assured they will be paid for the hours they work \xe2\x80" this basic proposition seems obvious to most of us. Yet, for millions of workers across the country who are victims of wage theft, something that appears to be a question of simple fairness is out of reach. But there is hope for workers in Chicago, where yesterday City Council passed one of the strongest municipal anti-wage theft laws in the country. In a unanimous vote, the Council passed the law, which will allow the City to revoke or deny licenses to employers that steal their workers' wages.
- Jan 18, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai Earned Sick Days: What Consumers Want While many people assume that paid sick days are widely available to all, that is far from the truth for too many workers. This critical workplace protection is important both to workers and consumers. A new poll demonstrates that restaurants that do not offer their employees the opportunity to earn paid sick days do so at their own peril. The survey, put out by the National Consumers League (NCL), found that 92 percent of consumers believe that it is very important or important that the servers and cooks in the restaurants they patronize do not cook or serve while sick. Well over half of respondents agreed on the importance of allowing these workers to earn paid sick days. With consumers expressing a clear preference for fair sick leave policies, the message to business owners is also clear: to satisfy customers, employers must provide restaurant workers with just working conditions, including earned sick days. Policymakers should take note as well.
- Jan 15, 2013 | CLASP and Partner Organizations Comments on Inclusion of Work Data in Electronic Health Records These comments were submitted to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy Committee at HHS by CLASP and several partner organizations. The comments advocate for the inclusion of industry and occupation data in electronic health records in order to provide useful data for improving job quality.
- Jan 07, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai For Safe Food System, Workers Need Earned Sick Days On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration proposed two broad new food safety rules, marking the first major food safety rulemaking since the 1930s. These rules are a major step forward for consumer safety. However, policymakers should take note that a major gap in labor protections for workers who handle our food continues to imperil the safety of our food system: most farmworkers and restaurant workers, as well as other food chain workers, receive no earned sick days, which means many are forced to come to work when sick. This lack of protections is not only unfair to workers, but also 1) dangerous for consumers, who risk infection and illness when they eat food handled by sick workers, 2) bad for businesses, and 3) harmful to the U.S. economy.
- Dec 19, 2012 | CLASP Videos: Employers Discuss the Implementation of D.C.'s Earned Sick Days Law In 2008, Washington, D.C. became the second city in the U.S. to pass an earned sick days law. The Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act guarantees some (but not all) D.C. workers the right to accrue paid sick leave. In these video, CLASP speaks with business owners about their experiences implementing the law and what it has meant for their businesses and employees.
- Dec 18, 2012 | Liz Ben-Ishai Businesses Can Avoid the High Cost of Workplace Injuries by Offering Earned Sick Days Add one more piece of evidence to the increasingly-difficult-to-ignore body of facts that suggests earned sick days \xe2\x80" particularly for lower-wage workers \xe2\x80" are crucial to our country's economic success and families' economic security. A new study by health economist J. Paul Leigh shows that the economic cost of workplace injuries among low-wage workers amounted to more than $39 billion in 2010. The high cost of workplace injuries among low-wage workers is particularly striking in light of recent research demonstrating that there is a significant correlation between lack of paid sick leave and the incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries.
- Aug 30, 2012 | Labor Project for Working Families Unions Win It: Paid Time Off Employees may need to be away from work for any number of reasons; illness, family responsibilities, rest, personal business, or other reasons. A critical component of a job is whether it allows workers to take time off without risk of losing pay or a job. Leave from work may come in various forms, depending on the employer. Traditionally, leave has been offered in separate buckets for vacation, illness, or personal days. Paid Time Off (PTO) is an alternative to traditional paid leave plans that consolidate multiple types of leave into a single plan that individuals can draw upon for any reason that they need to be absent from work. PTO for an individual employee is different than a group bank through which employees can access other employees' donated leave.
- Oct 04, 2011 | CLASP & CEPR Turnover Calculator: How Much Does Employee Turnover Really Cost? CLASP and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) have released a turnover calculator, a dynamic new tool that allows employers to calculate how much turnover costs in just 10 questions. Employee turnover costs businesses millions each year, but many employers don't realize exactly how much it's costing their company. Workplace policies that support workers such as paid sick days and paid family leave can help employers reduce turnover and improve their bottom line.
- Jan 12, 2011 | Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California
- Jul 08, 2009 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Flexible Work Arrangements and Low-Wage Work In this New America Foundation forum, CLASP Senior Policy Analyst Elizabeth Lower-Basch presented on the implications of unpredictable work schedules for low-wage workers and their families and discussed possible policy responses.
- Oct 16, 2008 | Alan Houseman and CLASP staff CLASP Federal Policy recommendations for 2009 and Beyond: An Overview CLASP has developed an extensive federal policy agenda for the next President and Congress directed at improving the lives of low income people. These recommendations were developed before the severe economic crisis that we are in.
- Sep 11, 2008 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Testimony on Work-Life Challenges This testimony on work-life challenges was given before the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Committee on Ways and Means on September 11, 2008, as part of a hearing on the pressures facing American workers.
- Sep 03, 2007 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Opportunity at Work: Improving Job Quality This paper describes the state of job quality in the U.S. today and makes the case that improving job quality is a critical part of the agenda for reducing poverty, supporting families, rewarding effort, and expanding opportunity for all. It is part of Opportunity at Work, CLASP's job quality initiative.
- Feb 08, 2007 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Here's a Tip: When Restaurant and Hotel Workers Don't Have Paid Sick Days, It Hurts Us All Restaurant and hotel workers are typically low-paid employees, and their employers rarely provide them with paid sick days. Instead, these workers are forced to make difficult choices when they or their family members are sick, including coming to work sick--which also presents a public health risk. This fact sheet details both the need for paid sick days for restaurant and hotel workers and some current efforts to ensure that workers have them.