CLASP http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/paid-leave-a-no-brainer-for-businesses-and-a-lifesaver-for-workers Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:21:36 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Job Schedules that Work for Students http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/job-schedules-that-work-students Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:06:53 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/job-schedules-that-work-students Why We Need the Schedules that Work Act: Andrea's Story http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/why-we-need-the-schedules-that-work-act-andreas-story Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:52:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/why-we-need-the-schedules-that-work-act-andreas-story On July 4th, Remember our Roots and Provide Sick Days for Immigrant Workers http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/on-july-4th-remember-our-roots-and-provide-sick-days-for-immigrant-workers Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/on-july-4th-remember-our-roots-and-provide-sick-days-for-immigrant-workers As Foreign--Born Worker Population Grows, Many Lack Paid Sick Days http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/foreign-born-worker-population-grows-lack-paid-sick-days Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:41:58 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/foreign-born-worker-population-grows-lack-paid-sick-days White House Summit Lifts Up Important Policy Changes http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/white-house-summit-lifts-important-policy-changes Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:47:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/white-house-summit-lifts-important-policy-changes HuffPo Live Asks: What's Fair for Working Families? http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/huffpo-live-asks-whats-fair Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:38:40 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/huffpo-live-asks-whats-fair Coming to America: Immigrant Parents’ Jobs Don’t Allow for Investments in Children http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/coming-to-america Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/coming-to-america Conference Explores Connections Between Low-Wage Work and Child Poverty http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/conference-explores-connections-between-low-wage-work-and-child-poverty Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/conference-explores-connections-between-low-wage-work-and-child-poverty It’s in the Food: How the Lack of Paid Sick Days is Harming Health across the Board http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/its-in-the-food-how-the-lack-of-paid-sick-days-is-harming-health-across-the-board-see-more-at-httpwww-clasp-orgissueswork-life-and-job-qualityin-focussthash-jcgdl8th-dpuf Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/its-in-the-food-how-the-lack-of-paid-sick-days-is-harming-health-across-the-board-see-more-at-httpwww-clasp-orgissueswork-life-and-job-qualityin-focussthash-jcgdl8th-dpuf Paternity Leave for All Dads http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/paternity-leave-for-dads Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/paternity-leave-for-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. ]]> Getting Down to Business - June 2014 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-june-2014 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-june-2014 Growing Attention on Paid Leave as a Dimension of Inequality http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/growing-attention-on-paid-leave-as-a-dimension-of-inequality Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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The FAMILY Act is Best for Babies http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/the-family-act-is-best-for-babies Thu, 08 May 2014 16:34:53 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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. 

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Getting Down to Business Newsletter - May 2014 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-newsletter-may-2014 Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-newsletter-may-2014 How Good Jobs Help Parents Meet Babies’ Vaccination Schedules http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/how-good-jobs-help-parents-meet-babies-vaccination-schedules Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Earned Sick Days Contribute to Safe Workplaces http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/earned-sick-days-contribute-to-safe-workplaces Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/earned-sick-days-contribute-to-safe-workplaces Access to Paid Leave: An Overlooked Aspect of Economic & Social Inequality http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/access-to-paid-leave-an-overlooked-aspect-of-economic-social-inequality Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:21:53 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/scrambling-for-stability-the-challenges-of-job-schedule-volatility-and-child-care Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:18:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/scrambling-for-stability-the-challenges-of-job-schedule-volatility-and-child-care The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act: An FAQ for Businesses http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/the-family-and-medical-insurance-leave-family-act Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:42:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/the-family-and-medical-insurance-leave-family-act This FAQ addresses how the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would impact businesses.

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Working for Business: Effects of Connecticut's Earned Sick Leave Law http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/working-for-business-effects-of-connecticuts-earned-sick-leave-law Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/working-for-business-effects-of-connecticuts-earned-sick-leave-law Unstable Work Schedules Hurt Economy, Communities, and Families http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/unstable-work-schedules-hurt-economy-communities-and-families Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:24:58 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/unstable-work-schedules-hurt-economy-communities-and-families FMLA at Twenty-One: Let's Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/fmla-at-twenty-one-lets-blow-out-the-candles-and-get-to-work Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/fmla-at-twenty-one-lets-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.

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Survey Shows that Restaurants Can Reduce Costs Through Better Employment Practices http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/survey-shows-that-restaurants-can-reduce-costs-through-better-employment-practices Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Shriver Report Shines Light on Women in Poverty http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/shriver-report-shines-light-on-women-in-poverty Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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. 

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