All Featured Highlights: Employees and Responsive Workplaces
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 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.”
- 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.
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 Newsletter - June 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.
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.