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To end the gender wage gap, we must look at race, too

In the last week, Black women in the U.S. finally caught up to what the typical White man made in 2014. That is, a Black woman in the middle of the income spectrum has to work full-time for nearly 19

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Voter support clear for wage, leave legislation

The just-concluded elections helped to resolve nothing in our state. We will have a small Republican majority in the state Senate and a small Democratic majority in the state House. They won’t agree on much of anything. Perhaps the Legislature

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Office of Labor Standards: The right prescription for Seattle paid sick days

When Seattle’s City Council adopted the Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance in 2011, it was embarking on new territory. For the first time, the City established a labor standard covering most employers operating within city limits. That precedent and the

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Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Vancouver

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Vancouver on September 10th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that

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Our economy is hurting our kids – here’s what we should do about it

The Great Recession didn’t only damage our economy – it also hurt the growth and development of many American kids. During the past quarter century, national and state policies have resulted in numerous positive gains in child health, safety and

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Politics of Parenting

Ellen Bravo from Family Values at Work, Carmen Wong Ulrich from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Jonathan Metzl from Vanderbilt University and The Reid Report’s Joy Reid join to discuss the hardships parents can face when it comes to working

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Posted in Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Women in the Workforce, Work & Family

New study finds paid sick days are better for workers, businesses

A new study by the University of Pittsburgh adds empirical data to what many of us already consider a no-brainer: when people have paid sick days, fewer people infect their coworkers with the flu. Specifically, the study shows flu transmission

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New York becomes largest U.S. city to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days

While most New Yorkers slept, last night the city council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s previous veto of paid sick days legislation.

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“Compromise” law provides 1 million more New Yorkers paid sick leave

The New York City Council – in spite of opposition from Mayor Michael Bloomberg – enacted the Earned Sick Time Act earlier this month, ensuring the majority of people working in New York City are able to earn paid sick days. The

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New Jersey legislature to consider paid sick days bill

New Jersey is one of just a handful of U.S. states that offers paid family leave, allowing workers up to six weeks of paid time off to bond with a new baby or care for a seriously ill family member.

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