- Feb 02, 2016 | World Socialist Web Site More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff “The people affected by this are very poor,” said Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Washington DC-based Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). “These are by definition people who aren’t working more than about 20 hours a week.”
- Feb 03, 2016 | Aspen Journal of Ideas Giving Retail Workers the Gift of Standards for Job Schedules Jodie Levin-Epstein Discusses Why Fair Scheduling is Crucial for Retail Workers.
- Jan 29, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Joining U.S. Hunger Program Is Not a Snap Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article about colleges supporting low-incoming students by participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Jan 19, 2016 | In These Times Why Fair Job Scheduling for Low-Wage Workers Is a Racial Justice Issue CLASP's Liz Ben-Ishai published this article to describe how Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is leading the fight for fair scheduling in Minneapolis by taking an approach grounded in a commitment to racial justice.
- Jan 15, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report New Family Leave Policies: Not All Created Equal “What's vital is that all employees, not just those in a few lucky large corporations, be provided with this basic policy,” said Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director of CLASP. “That's why public policy is essential.”
Jan 15, 2016
| ABC 7 (WJLA) / Associated Press
D.C. Council holds hearing on proposed paid family leave benefits, nation's most generous
On January 14, Washington, D.C. lawmakers held a hearing about the potential economic impact of a bill guaranteeing paid family leave. If passed, the bill would provide 16 weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child, address a medical condition, or take care of sick family. It would be funded by a new payroll tax. CLASP Deputy Director Jodie Levin-Epstein commented on the importance of the bill to D.C. and the country to ABC 7's Sam Sweeney.
- Jan 14, 2016 | The Atlantic The Hidden Hunger on College Campuses Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield and Elizabeth Lower-Basch are quoted in this article on food insecurity among community college students.
- Jan 13, 2016 | Washington Monthly Sick Leaves: Infected workers account for the majority of foodborne illnesses. Paid sick leave would keep all of us healthier. The phenomenon of sick workers serving food is all too common, according to research by CLASP. Only a tiny fraction of workers have paid sick leave, forcing many to come to work when they’re ill, at the risk of losing their paychecks or their jobs.
- Jan 13, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report Are Scheduling Bills Like D.C.'s Helpful or Meddlesome? Liz Ben-Ishai told California lawmakers in March of 2015 that volatile schedules affect workers’ ability to arrange child care. Such volatility also interferes with their ability to hold second jobs and pursue education or training, she said.
- Jan 08, 2016 | Common Dreams “Bleeding-Heart,” Or Just Bloody? The GOP Poverty Show Elizabeth Lower-Basch discusses how states have used the flexibility under TANF to, essentially, take away the safety net.
- Jan 06, 2016 | Huffington Post There's Something Critical Missing In The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage Without paid family leave, a higher minimum wage is still going to leave low-wage working women in a painful place. Only 5 percent of women in that group have access to paid leave, according to data from the Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Jan 04, 2016 | Politico's Morning Education Report New year, new edu CLASP's postsecondary education team offers its prediction for the Higher Education Act in 2016.
- Dec 19, 2015 | Examiner New report promotes easy path to public benefits for low-income college students New CLASP report by Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield cited in this article about assisting low-income college students.
- Dec 16, 2015 | Inside Higher Ed Easing Access to Public Benefits A new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy recommends supplementing financial aid with other government assistance programs to help low-income students succeed in college.
- Dec 15, 2015 | Hechinger Report New report proposes helping students qualify for benefits including food stamps This article reports on a forum CLASP held to release a new brief on the use of public benefits and tax credits to help low-income students afford postsecondary education. Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted throughout the story.
- Dec 08, 2015 | Pasadena Now News Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs” In this op-ed, Elizabeth Ben-Ishai sets the record straight on "benefits cliffs" and why the proposed minimum wage increase in Pasadena is helpful for low-wage workers.
- Dec 08, 2015 | Washington Monthly Work-First Welfare Policies Don’t Work for Infants on TANF In this commentary, Elizabeth Lower-Basch makes the case that states should change their TANF programs to be more supportive of families with babies.
- Dec 08, 2015 | GOVERNING Child Care Subsidies Are Getting a Second Look Director of Child Care and Early Education, Hannah Matthews, is quoted in this story about how states are streamlining their child care assistance programs to help working families and their children.
- Dec 04, 2015 | The Mountaineer NC Policy Watch: Yanking away the ladder Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted in this article on the importance of a strong, comprehensive safety net.
Dec 02, 2015
| The Hill
Anti-refugee proposals damage America
In this opinion piece, CLASP's Olivia Golden discusses the many contributions refugees make to this country and urges Congress against using anti-refugee proposals to derail a clean omnibus budget that provides the support needed by poor and low-income children, families, and individuals.