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Paid sick leave helps workers and businesses

I’ll spare you the details — since you’ve likely been through a similarly undignified experience — but a bout of intestinal flu isn’t pretty. Hopefully you were able to do what I did: take a few days off work to

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What a dad wants, what a dad needs…has changed

When my brother was born, my dad took the day off work. He was overjoyed about the birth of his first child and couldn’t wait to spend as much time as he could with him. The next morning though, being

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Ladders to opportunity: Ashley

“When you have kids at home that look up to you, you have to try every day. It can be a struggle.” As the sole breadwinner for her family of four young children, Ashley can’t afford not to work. She’s

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Paid leave benefits mean much more than a boost for business

Healthy employees make for a healthy business. But paid leave benefits isn’t just about business owners stepping up for economic gain. It’s about helping kids get the best possible start in life – which pays off in the long-run.

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WA’s women are falling through the gaps

Nationally, women working full-time earn about 81% of men. Here in Washington, that number drops to 75%. One factor is the presence of information, science and technology jobs in Washington. Important industries for our state economy, they are high-paying sectors

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Family and medical leave insurance – the breast bet for kids

Healthcare professionals have long touted the benefits of breastfeeding for the health and development of new babies. Research shows infants who are breastfed have lower incidence of respiratory infections, asthma, eczema, childhood leukemia, Type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, and sudden

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WA delegation at national summit on paid sick days and paid family leave

Members of Washington’s delegation to the 2012 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave are now in the “other” Washington to study best practices and lessons for paid sick days and paid family leave campaigns. Tomorrow they’ll

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Washington Work and Family Coalition kicks off campaign for Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Cross-posted from the Washington Work and Family Coalition: Tomorrow, the WA Work and Family Coalition will kick off a year-long campaign for expanding Family and Medical Leave Insurance in Washington state – and we need your support! Currently, Washington’s Family

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You can’t win in America’s casino economy – unless you change the rules

A casino can be an entertaining way to pass the time, provided you know two things: 1) you’re probably going to lose; and 2) if you win, it’s not because of skill – its luck. But even “no-limit” poker is

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Posted in Early Learning, Education, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Retirement Security, Social Security, State Economy, Tax and Budget

Aaron’s story: Luck shouldn’t determine whether you can take responsibility for your family

I’m the proud father of a 6-week old baby girl. As you can imagine, I’ve had my share of sleepless nights recently – but it’s helped me realize how lucky I am. Growing up, my dad worked full-time as an

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