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San Francisco Paid Sick Days Law Is A Proven Success

February 10, 2011
By Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families A new study released today shows that San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO)—the first citywide paid sick days standard in the country—has been proven a success. The report, San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: Outcomes for Employers and Employees , released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), includes the results of a survey of nearly 1,200 workers and more than 700 employers in San Francisco. The findings are overwhelmingly positive for workers, businesses and...

MA Legislators need a nudge for paid sick days

February 2, 2011
As moms we are expert nudgers. Often times a good nudge is all it takes to get my daughter moving in the right direction and doing what she knows she needs to do. Right now, our Massachusetts legislators need a nudge in the right direction. They have until February 4 - that’s this Friday! - to sign on to co-sponsor the paid sick days bill. Last year there were 95 co-sponsors. This year we want at least 100 legislators to co-sponsor the bill. The more co-sponsors the bill has, the better chance it has of passing this year. Nudge your legislators now. Tell them: Don’t forget to sign on to co-...
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Sandwich Generation in a Pickle?

January 25, 2011
Re-posted from Working Mother Magazine While all working women would benefit from access to paid sick leave, the latest data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows that 44 million workers in the U.S. did not have access to a single paid sick day during 2010. A growing segment of women are facing an incredibly difficult battle in balancing work and family obligations. Women in the “sandwich generation,” or those who care for a child under the age of 18 while also caring for an elderly relative, face significant difficulty in fulfilling their responsibilities at the...
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Flexible Scheduling Makes Dollars and Sense

January 14, 2011
This article originally appeared on New Deal 2.0 . Sunday's New York Times reported that accounting firms lead corporate America in offering workplace flexibility. Employees can reduce their hours, take the summer off, take off a few years and then return to their prior jobs... whatever they need. And the firms are committed to ensuring that flexible options don't hurt prospects for advancement. Why are the accounting firms out in front? For a simple reason: they do the numbers. It costs 1.5 times a worker's annual salary to replace a professional who leaves. So when workplace flexibility...
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Only Human: 7 Keys to survival when your work life is rocked by illness

January 13, 2011
I'm only human despite being a self-proclaimed work life pundit. Fess-up time. My life has been less about the work life merge, and more about life and survival lately.

An Invitation to California MomsRising Members

January 4, 2011
Across the country, the New Year means new beginnings. Here in the Golden State our former and just-sworn-in Governor Jerry Brown will bring creative and sometimes austere approaches to tackle an estimated deficit of over $25 billion . For those of us who care about health care and the social services that comprise our safety net, being prepared with our policy priorities and strategies is more important than ever. Next week, on Wednesday, January 12, many of the state’s leading health, social service and workplace advocates will come together at the California Working Families Policy Summit...

For Moms & Moms-to-be the Personal Is Political

December 30, 2010
Cross posted from the Young Women's Leadership Program Blog: Words of Wisdom from Worldly Young Women As I scrolled through my newsfeed on my Facebook page this week I came across a posting written by a friend who has two young children that read, “I make $4.26 a week after daycare. Oh, the joys of parenthood.” My immediate reaction and my subsequent comment on her post read, “No, more like: Oh the joys of a society that says it values family but then doesn’t give us paid maternity leave and doesn’t create more affordable childcare options!” Ever since reading the Motherhood Manifesto (read...
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Meet me in Hartford to Stand Up for CT Families!

December 29, 2010
Can you meet on Wednesday, January 5 at the state capitol in Hartford (in the first floor rotunda) at 11am? Hope you can come! (And feel free to bring friends and kids too). Why? Because we need to make sure that every legislator in Hartford knows that paid sick days are a priority for Connecticut families and that we expect them to pass the paid sick days bill this year. So we’re going to Hartford on the first day of the legislative session to hand deliver a “hand-sanitizer-o-gram” - your personal stories about the need for paid sick days along with a bottle of custom printed hand sanitizer...
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Healthy Workplaces Are Nothing to Sneeze At

December 21, 2010
Although millions of workers nationwide are struggling with reduced benefits and rising health care costs, a recent piece in USA Today revealed those at the top continue to receive top-notch health perks. At one company, executives receive $10,000 per illness for expenses not covered under the company’s standard plan. Executives and spouses at another company receive yearly Mayo Clinic exams on top of up to $50,000 for expenses. While there’s nothing new about CEOs having more perks than the rank and file, the article exposes the extent to which those at the top continue to get better health...
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NYC Speaker Chris Quinn needs a human alarm clock!

December 15, 2010
When New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn walked out of negotiations on the paid sick days bill in October she promised to review her position every two months. [1] Well, today is the two month mark and it’s time for the human alarm clock to ring! Remind NYC Council Speaker Quinn that over 1 million New Yorkers still need paid sick days! Speaker Quinn needs to hear that the over 1 million New Yorkers who aren't able to earn even a single paid sick day are still waiting. That number includes many working moms struggling to hold onto their jobs, pay the bills and care for their kids...
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