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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.