In a Wonkblog piece, "Bob Costas is right: Going to work sick is a terrible idea," Sarah Kliff rightly points out that many U.S. workers go to work sick because they don’t have access to paid sick days.
The Senate again failed to overcome a filibuster preventing action on a bill to extend federal UI. This Q&A hopes to understand what this means on the ground – and to learn about one strategy for helping such workers.
The WDQC recently launched a new website, www.workforcedqc.org and issued a new report, Making Workforce Data Work about steps policymakers can take to improve the availability and quality of information about postsecondary education and training.
On this anniversary, policymakers, advocates, and businesses are calling for Congress to do more for working families.
The FMLA provides some workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for a new baby, tend to a sick family member, or recover from one’s own illness. Having access to this type of leave has enabled many workers to take the leave they need without worrying about the security of their jobs. Yet, many others are excluded from the law.
“For many workers, taking an unpaid leave is not a viable option,” says Liz-Ben-Ishai, policy analyst at CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy).
It’s unpaid, which often makes taking a leave financially impossible. That’s the number one reason people don’t take family and medical leave, says Ness. “For many workers, taking an unpaid leave is not a viable option,” says Liz-Ben-Ishai, policy analyst at CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy). Only 12 percent of private-sector workers have paid family leave.