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The truth about Washington’s business climate: This is a great place to do business

By David Groves | Washington State Labor Council National rankings that analyze state business climates — including those by conservative “pro-business” think tanks and policy groups — consistently rank Washington among the very best states for business. They say we

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Posted in State Economy

What about Dad? Take a survey about how work-family issues impact men

Much has been written about family and work responsibilities from the perspective of women. But is balancing work and family also an issue for men? MomsRising.org, a national go-to organization for work/family issues, would like to learn more about your

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Posted in Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Don’t punish people for getting sick!

Via MomsRising: We’re moms and dads.  We know firsthand how fast the flu travels through our workplaces, schools, and child care centers. We’ve been up at 3 am half-focused on caring for a sick child and half-focused on the related “what

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Posted in Health Care, Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

What Washington families could afford without the wage gap

In Washington, a typical woman working full time is paid $37,932 per year, while a similar man is paid $51,272 per year. That’s a gap of $13,340. If full-time working women in Washington were paid the same as their male

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

Restaurant Employment Strong When Employers Make the Shift to Paid Sick Days

In February 2007, San Francisco implemented the nation’s first paid sick days law, allowing all workers within the city to earn a minimum amount of paid sick leave. Restaurants are among the employers least likely to provide sick leave benefits,

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

Workplace flexibility: President Obama and the First Lady put families first

The Forum on Workplace Flexibility, held by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, highlighted the importance of workplace practices that allow working people to meet the demands of their jobs — without sacrificing their family responsibilities. “Flexible policies actually

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

Megan’s story: Paid sick days and public health

From the Coalition for Healthy Tacoma Megan, a server at a Tacoma restaurant, called in sick with the flu one evening in 2007. Her supervisor told her the restaurant was busy that night, and she needed to come in anyway.

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family

Health-care bill makes huge strides that matter

From the Everett Herald: Akbar and Teresa, a husband and wife team, run the coffee shop across the street. They make good coffee and sandwiches for the workday crowd. We go there a lot, so we have gotten to know

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Posted in Column, Health Care

Are Washington and Oregon taxpayers subsidizing low wages for large employers?

When a confidential report for Washington legislators put Wal-Mart atop the list of employers whose workers receive food stamps and/or state-subsidized medical coverage, company spokesperson Amy Hill said the report might not be accurate, because it used data from 2004.

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Posted in Health Care, Tax and Budget

Nearly 8 Million H1N1-Infected Workers Attended Work While Sick, Report Says

Some 7.8 million workers who were infected with the H1N1 influenza virus between September and November 2009 worked while sick, despite official warnings to stay home and avoid infecting others, according to a report released by the Institute for Women’s

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Posted in Paid Sick Days, Work & Family
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