Paid sick days pay off for employers. Plus: Let the bad times roll with I-1033; A cash crunch in Washington’s schools; How geography influences work-family benefits

September 23, 2009 | Economic Opportunity Institute

Data Show That Paid Sick Days Pay Off For Employers: New data show that employees who receive at least five paid days off per year for personal illness are healthier, and enjoy greater personal well-being. As our country looks at comprehensive health reform measures, we must consider policies that help employees stay healthy and engaged at work, even if these policies may seem, at first glance, unrelated to the provision of health care. || More from MomsRising

I-1033: Let the Bad Times Roll: Most of us have felt the sting of the economic downturn over the last year. Even folks who haven’t lost jobs  or taken pay cuts have cut back on spending. Now, imagine if a new law passed that froze family household spending to 2009 levels. The new law would limit all future spending increases to the pace of inflation and population growth, and no more. Any money earned above the limit could only be spent for food. That might sound like a good idea, since it would force savings and thrift. But setting such strict limits might not be a great idea in rough economic times. || More from Sightline

Schools, students see impact of cash crunch: As school gets under way across the state, the pain of last spring’s cuts to school-district budgets are being felt by parents, students, teachers and staff. In many school districts, classes are larger, new textbook orders are on hold, fees to play sports have gone up, music programs shut down and bus service cut back. || More from the Seattle Times

Geography Plays a Part in Access to Work-Family Benefits: The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire recently published a new brief, “ Family-Friendly Policies for Rural Working Mothers.” Authored by Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow Rebecca Glauber, the brief analyzes the differences in access to family-friendly policies between rural and urban mothers. Glauber concludes that rural women are less likely than their urban counterparts to have access to family-friendly policies, including paid sick days, parental leave, flextime, and health insurance. || More from the Work and Family Network

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