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Mommy's On Strike?

March 30, 2011
What if we just stopped having babies? You know, like an ANTI-labor labor movement. This may sound like a silly, made up argument, but right now, women in their childbearing years are "on strike" in something like than 90 countries in Europe and Asia and it's creating serious problems.
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A Wish List for Moms & Moms-to-be

March 23, 2011
Co-Authored by Michelle Noehren & Michelle Pompei We’ve been advocates for women’s rights for a while and while we have been big supporters of advocating for working moms in particular, nothing really prepared us for what life would be like as we each started our own families. The inequities faced by moms and moms-to-be have only become more glaring and our drive and passion to support moms is stronger than ever. We’re two Michelles at different points in our motherhood experiences. Michelle Noehren is expecting her first baby in May of this year while Michelle Pompei had her son Phineas...
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Limping Along

March 15, 2011
In the first ten weeks of this year, we've missed 11 days of work due to school holidays or a sick kid. We're not even through the first quarter yet. If the rest of the year is like this quarter, we'll miss more than 40 days of work by the end of the year. How can that be?
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Help Us Tell Philadelphia City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.

February 28, 2011
Everyone gets sick – but not everyone has time to get better. In Philadelphia, two out of every five workers who become ill (or whose kids become ill) have a terrible “choice” to make between the job they need and the family they love-all because they don’t have the opportunity to earn paid sick days. Office Manager Tiffany Lomax is one single mom who is thankful that she now has paid sick days to care for her 13 year old son, who suffers from severe asthma and allergies. Unfortunately, that was not always the case for Tiffany. Prior to her current job, she worked at a number of different...

Worked to Death

February 25, 2011
I was saddened to learn this week that a patient under my care had died. A man in his 50s who worked hard on his feet all day in the food service industry, he was afraid of losing his job if he came to the doctor. He missed countless appointments. The last time I saw him, he had been having chest pain for a month that turned out to be a blocked artery in his heart, but he had delayed coming in because he couldn’t take a day off from work. Being on his feet all day at work had led to diabetic foot ulcers and one of these became infected – this is what ultimately took him from us. He was...

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.

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