Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families.
According to data released by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), for the second consecutive year, federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds used for child care have fallen—reaching a 15-year low in 2013.
Today, Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) are introducing a bill, the Schedules that Work Act, that could have a profound effect on the lives of workers.
For professional, white-collar workers, work flexibility typically means shifting your hours in order to be able to pick your kids up from school, avoiding lengthy commutes by telecommuting, arranging for sabbaticals, and so on.
A new report by Child Trends and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation makes the case for reforming health and mental health services to increase access for children and youth while presenting broader recommendations to support child wellness.
Last evening, the House passed the Senate-approved Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in a near-unanimous vote of 415-6. With this action, the bill will now move to President Obama who is expected to sign the bill into law.