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The Best Anti-Poverty Program? Effective Scheduling of Hourly Workers

September 21, 2012
Susan Lambert , Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and the author of a much-discussed op-ed in yesterday's New York Times , once told me that she gets a lot of grief. "You study what," say her social work friends. "Scheduling?" I am happy...

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Eat, Read, Sleep

September 20, 2012
Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most...

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It Shouldn’t Be A Heavy Lift: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Introduced in Senate

September 19, 2012
By Emily Martin , Vice President and General Counsel, and Liz Watson , Senior Advisor, National Women's Law Center Heather got fired from Wal-mart for carrying a water bottle. Natasha was forced onto unpaid leave and then fired because her district manager at Rent-A-Center found out she needed help...

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Michelle Obama is Not Mom-In-Chief: Who Is?

September 14, 2012
Motherhood, apple pie and a good speech: Michelle Obama hit the bull's eye in her Democratic Convention speech . But naming herself "mom-in-chief"--while endearing--missed the mark. Much ink has spilled already over her use of the phrase "mom-in-chief": "If you feel let down by an arc that begins...

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Warehouse Workers Marching for Their Families

September 13, 2012
It’s no secret that Walmart is the largest employer in the country, diligently working to create a softer image of itself to consumers, environmentalists and others. What most consumers don’t know is that Walmart contracted warehouses across the country make it a common practice to put profits over...

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Stop! Don’t Listen to Advice that Women Can Plan Our Way to Worklife Fit

September 13, 2012
I am so fed up with advice from people telling women that if they just make the right personal choices at the right time in the right order then there is no problem fitting career, marriage, and kids into our lives. That's a load of crap. If anyone had been able to figure out a way to PLAN her way...

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10 Tips for Becoming an Office Politics Rebel

September 4, 2012
The other day, I read an article on Forbes called “ Tips For Dealing With Lazy Co-Workers .” It’s a fun topic, isn’t it, because we all love to feel like we are the only ones working hard. And it’s such a hardship to put up with lazy old Joe in the next cube over. Ugh! Time to review one of our...

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For Parents Without Paid Sick Days, Back-to-School Season Brings Stress and Uncertainty

August 29, 2012
Back to school means a lot of things. In some families, it means shopping for school supplies, helping kids become reacquainted with their alarm clocks, and learning new school bus schedules. But for the millions of employed parents in jobs that don’t let them earn paid sick days, it means another...

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A Personal Case for Living a Less Intentional Career Path

August 21, 2012
Lately I’ve seen a raft of new books aimed at helping women achieve success, which include lists of “secrets,” often contradictory. Looking back over my experience, here’s an alternative: be open to constant learning and risk-taking, live a full life and have a great career. Several years ago my...

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The New Work Battle Cry: Focus on What Matters!

August 20, 2012
We’ve all had those moments sitting at the dinner table and our phone goes off. A new email has arrived. Or maybe it happens at 11 pm right as you are settling into bed for the night. You tell yourself it will only take 5 minutes, but those 5 minutes can quickly turn into a half hour of work. Once...

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