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Congress Is Making Parents Choose Between Time with Kids and Retirement

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 3, 2018

It’s great that Congress is once again paying attention to the need for time off work to care for family or their own health, but most of us who have fought for paid sick days and paid family leave are groaning rather than cheering. With much fanfare, Senator Marco Rubio this week introduced the “Economic Sec

An Illustrated Guide to Paid Sick Days and Paid Family & Medical Leave

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | July 26, 2018

This comic is a brief, easy-to-read illustration of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, two new programs to help Washington workers balance family, health and their jobs. More detailed information can be found at the Department of Labor and Industries for paid sick days and the Employment Securi

New Rights for Workers in Washington Printable Materials

A Fair Deal at Work Equal Pay Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | June 10, 2018

These are flyers explaining new rights for workers in Washington that recently came into effect or will come into effect soon. Overview of New Rights Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Family and Medical Leave Business Guide

Paid sick leave protects us all

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

| Marilyn Watkins | March 1, 2018 | Yakima Herald

It’s February 28. You can now get the flu and not miss a paycheck.

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Marilyn Watkins | February 28, 2018

Washingtonians who’ve worked full time since January 1 have earned a full day of sick leave, something previously unavailable to too many residents outside of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. In 2016, voters approved Initiative 1433, increasing the minimum wage and setting a statewide minimum standard of one hour

Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

A Fair Deal at Work An Inclusive Economy Equal Pay Health Care Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days Progressive Tax Reform

John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name is Anu Partanen. Partanen is an American citizen, an author, a researcher,

Beginning this year, new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect

A Fair Deal at Work Column Paid Sick Days

| Marilyn Watkins | January 10, 2018 | Real Change

Details About Washington’s New Paid Sick Days Law

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days

Marilyn Watkins | December 27, 2017

Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in January 2018 when the new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect. Employees who previously had to go to work with the flu or when a child is sick will be able to take time off to prioritize health and pay their bills in

New Rights in Washington Help Working Families Thrive

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days

Marilyn Watkins | December 15, 2017

Washington State has begun implementing new standards to help workers stay healthy and protect their loved ones. These new laws are the result of the activism and collaboration of many individuals, community groups, labor unions, advocacy organizations, business owners, and policymakers. Healthy Pregnancies,

Washington joins growing list of states with paid sick and safe leave for all — and a better minimum wage!

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days

Marilyn Watkins | November 9, 2016

Washington has joined the growing number of states to adopt paid sick and safe leave for all workers with approval of Initiative 1433. Starting in January 2018, everyone working in Washington will be assured at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. An estimated one million workers in the

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