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Calling in Sick: Americans out of luck

August 6, 2010
Every mom knows the feeling of your stomach falling when you get a call at work that your child is sick. You’ve got to drop everything. The only worry in your mind is rushing to care for your child. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you will be reprimanded, lose pay, or even be...

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Screw Work Life Balance: We Need Work Life Policy! Join the Movement at BlogHer

August 2, 2010
For over two years, The Four Hour Work Week has been a national bestseller. Why? Because most of us resent feeling tethered to our jobs, and we know we could still do great work even if we had the ability to control our schedules and factor family needs into our day. But workers are completely on...


Dispatch from Louisville: A Salute to Labor & Labor’s Legislative Champions

July 30, 2010
Last weekend and earlier this week, I was in Louisville, Kentucky talking about paid sick days and economic security with both labor leaders and state legislators who champion issues important to workers. Advocates who lead paid sick days campaigns routinely praise organized labor’s hard work on...


It’s Time to Flip the Script – Changing the Debate through the States

July 29, 2010
As we look forward to 2011, paid sick days campaigns in the states are reaching critical mass: since President Obama was elected, a majority of states have taken up the issue, with twenty-three legislatures introducing bills, and city campaigns moving in three other states. Several more states will...


Paid Sick Leave: Don’t Sneeze on Me!

July 29, 2010
Paid sick leave is sometimes described as a conflict between employers and employees, and it’s often framed as worker greed versus small business owner just trying to get by. But this issue is bigger than workers and employers. It’s also about families, colleagues and customers. Families need to be...


I’m Sick, I Have Insurance, But I Can’t Take Time Off From Work to See the Doctor!

July 29, 2010
Workers have always needed to care for their children, families and elderly relatives, and at the same time, be productive, responsible employees. For women, this breadth of responsibilities is felt with greater pressure, as women are more often the primary caregivers at home in addition to their...


Moms On Capitol Hill NOW For Paid Sick Days!

July 28, 2010
Last month we asked MomsRising members like you to share your experiences with paid sick days - how having access to earned paid sick days has helped, or how NOT having them has hurt. The response was overwhelming! Moving story after moving story flowed into our offices. And now we're moving those...

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The White House Talks, Is Congress Listening?

July 28, 2010
This year the White House, in cooperation with the Council on Women and Girls, hosted a conference on Workplace Flexibility. The conference came on the heels of a report by the Council of Economic Advisors on the benefits to employers of offering paid leave and flextime, official guidance on...


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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