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Paid Leave Makes Horse Sense

July 28, 2010
Vacations are good for your health . And, you don’t need to get away to any fancy Caribbean retreat to get the benefit of time-off from work. But it helps if you are a horse. In New York City, that is. The City’s Health Department has proposed new rules for those horses hitched to carriages that...
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Prescription for Preventive Health Care: Add Paid Sick Days

July 28, 2010
The Obama Administration’s recently announced regulations mandating health plans cover preventative care without charging co-pays to the consumer are a significant step forward, but they alone won’t ensure Americans get the preventive care they need. A critical component of preventative care is...
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A case for paid sick days for N.H. workers

July 28, 2010
Paid sick days — it sounds like a good idea for employees, but it's also good for businesses. Healthy workers are essential to a strong economy and to business success. When workers are provided with paid sick time, they demonstrate increased job satisfaction, commitment and morale. Their employers...

When You Have Paid Sick Days, But are Punished for Using Them

July 28, 2010
The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) recently released a survey on paid sick days that has people talking. The survey shows that the vast majority of Americans support legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick days. Most people feel that paid sick days are a basic right – the same...

My Back to School Checklist: Add Paid Sick Days?

July 28, 2010
The long, lazy days of summer are slowly winding to a close and school supply lists are starting to pop up in mailboxes across NC. In amongst the crayons, glue, and binders our kids will need this fall, there’s the ever present request for Kleenex. If you’re like me, you groan a little every time...
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Tiffany’s Story: Why Having Paid Sick Days is So Important for Her and Her Family

July 28, 2010
Tiffany is an office manager and a single mom. Her 13-year-old son has severe asthma and allergies. At her current job, she receives paid sick days, which she is able to use to care for herself or her son when he has an asthma attack or a respiratory infection. Tiffany is relieved knowing that she...

The View from Capitol Hill

July 28, 2010
In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation’s lawmakers and their staff. It’s a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it—and often they have an experience to share. The other day, as I walked into one of the House of Representatives office...

A Collective Solution to a ‘Personal Problem’ – Unions Fight for Paid Sick Days

July 28, 2010
When my son was almost 10, I found out I was pregnant with twin girls. I was excited but a little intimidated. I remembered one newborn being a lot of work – what would two be like? I mentally prepared for double the amount of diaper changes, laundry, bottles and child care costs. But what didn’t...
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Decision 2010: The Grassroots set the Pundits Straight!

July 28, 2010
The legislative session is over in Maine. It came to a close in April, and while the session came to a close during one of the warmest springs on record, unfortunately lawmakers legislature left workers out in the cold . That’s because they once again failed to pass L.D. 1665, a bill that would...

Why North Carolina needs federal action on paid sick days

July 28, 2010
North Carolina workers aren’t alone in their desperate struggle to balance the competing demands of work and family. Half of North Carolina’s private sector workers— 1.6 million to be precise —lack a single paid sick day to care for themselves or a sick family member. Here is the great Tar Heel...

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