Getting Down to Business (March 2013)
March 04, 2013 | Liz Ben-Ishai
Getting Down to Business: News on Employers and Paid Leave
In this Issue
Getting Down to Business is CLASP's monthly update on business and paid leave news. If you have news you want to share with your colleagues around the country, let us know. And be sure to let your area businesses know about Better Workplaces, Better Businesses, a website that aggregates news and research related to business and paid leave and highlights business supporters of paid leave from around the country.
How has Philadelphia’s earned sick days campaign been able to bring over 30 business supporters on board? Not only has the campaign reenlisted its supporters from 2011, when the Mayor vetoed the city’s sick days bill, it has also been able to draw in many new businesses. Learn how Philly’s Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is finding business supporters in unlikely places! Read more about Philadelphia’s business outreach efforts
Putting the cart before the horse or thinking strategically? Although it may seem premature, before your campaign even passes an earned sick days law, it makes sense to contemplate the process of implementing that law. CLASP’s new issue brief on the process of implementing Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance offers advocates the opportunity to do this important strategic work. It’s worth “jumping the gun” to ensure that implementation goes smoothly and takes into account the voices of diverse stakeholders in your communities.
CLASP and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) have just released a new tool for job quality advocates, including advocates for earned sick days and paid family leave. A jointly produced brief provides advocates with a primer on the nuts and bolts of the certification movement and suggests ways to foster fruitful relationships between the movement and campaigns for improved job quality, such as earned sick days campaigns. Increasingly, businesses are seeking out certifications – which assess practices regarding the environment, living wages, paid sick days, flexible schedules, etc. – as means to measure their impact and verify that their practices are consistent with their values.
As the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrates its 20th anniversary, newly released data from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) show that the vast majority of businesses find administering the law easy. The FMLA guarantees some workers unpaid job-protected leave to care for their own serious illness, a sick family member, or to bond with a new baby. Yet, nearly 10 million workers find unpaid leave difficult to afford or unaffordable.
Is your campaign just getting started with business outreach? CLASP has developed a new tool for advocates to use in the early stages of their work building business support for earned sick days legislation. Our PowerPoint presentation helps you make the business case for earned sick days. The presentation can easily be adapted to reflect your campaign’s specific needs. Campaign logos and facts related to your jurisdiction can be inserted. Download the presentation and contact CLASP with any questions or for assistance. Download the presentation
When the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a questionable “study” condemning Connecticut’s earned sick days law, Margot Dorfman, the CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, didn’t hesitate to set the record straight. In a Connecticut Post op-ed entitled, “Paid sick days a boon for state,” Dorfman declared that the study was an example of “corporations crying `wolf' for their own political advantage.”
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