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 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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Getting Down to Business Newsletter - January Issue http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-january-issue Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-january-issue You Are Where You Eat: ROC National Diners' Guide 2014 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/you-are-where-you-eat-roc-national-diners-guide-2014 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law Would Help Employers Do Good and Do Well #FAMILYAct http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/paid-family-and-medical-leave-insurance-law-would-help-employers-do-good-and-do-well-familyact Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Justice Begins at Home: Extending FLSA Protections to Home Care Workers http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/justice-begins-at-home-extending-flsa-protections-to-home-care-workers Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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New Report Finds that Four in Ten Women Lack Economic Security http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/new-report-finds-that-four-in-ten-women-lack-economic-security Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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75 Years of the FLSA: Celebrating and Looking Ahead http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/75-years-of-the-flsa-celebrating-and-looking-ahead Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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

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American Public Health Association Voices Support for Paid Leave http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/american-public-health-association-voices-support-for-paid-leave Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Getting Down to Business Newsletter - November 2013 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-newsletter-november-2013 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-newsletter-november-2013 D.C. Workers and Businesses Show Support for Earned Sick Leave http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/d-c-workers-and-businesses-show-support-for-earned-sick-leave Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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."

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Signs of Culture Change: San Francisco Passes Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/signs-of-culture-change-san-francisco-passes-family-friendly-workplace-ordinance Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/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.

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Getting Down to Business Newsletter - October 2013 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-newsletter-october-2013 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/getting-down-to-business-newsletter-october-2013 Working Mother's 100 Best Companies Provide Paid Leave Model for the Nation http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/working-mothers-100-best-companies-provide-paid-leave-model-for-the-nation Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/working-mothers-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.

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D.C. Council Considers Expanded Paid Sick Leave Law http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/d-c-council-considers-expanded-paid-sick-leave-law Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/d-c-council-considers-expanded-paid-sick-leave-law Justice for Direct Care Workers http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/justice-for-direct-care-workers Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/justice-for-direct-care-workers Grandparents Day Drives Home Importance of Paid Leave http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/grandparents-day-drives-home-importance-of-paid-leave Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/grandparents-day-drives-home-importance-of-paid-leave Labor Day Shines Light on Challenges, Courage of Low-Wage Workers http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/labor-day-shines-light-on-challenges-courage-of-low-wage-workers Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/labor-day-shines-light-on-challenges-courage-of-low-wage-workers Taking a Train Ride to History http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/taking-a-train-ride-to-history Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality/highlights/taking-a-train-ride-to-history