Policy Analyst at CLASP in Washington, D.C.
Blog Post List
June 8, 2012
Many people have heard of Paid Time Off (PTO) banks, but the contours of such policies are often little understood, especially outside the human resources world. To shed light on PTO banks, CLASP and the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) have released a report using Bureau of Labor Statistics data to explore what is known, and what needs more study, about PTO banks. This report is a first step in understanding PTO banks so that further questions about PTO banks and how they affect low-wage workers and their employers can be explored. PTO banks are an alternative to traditional paid...
May 25, 2011
In Philadelphia, there’s a disconnect between public health initiatives and access to care. The reason? Lack of paid time off to get to the doctor to care for chronic conditions. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded approximately $22.54 million in grants to organizations in Pennsylvania to help improve wellness and prevention efforts. Unfortunately, 39 percent of private sector workers in Pennsylvania do not have paid sick days, meaning they may be unable to afford to take time off work to access the preventative care needed to stay...
December 2, 2010
The movement to enact paid sick days laws is gaining momentum and implementation in some cities is providing helpful insights. Washington, D.C. is one of them. To educate advocates and the public about D.C.’s law, CLASP has launched a new webpage for information and resources specific to D.C. In 2008, Washington D.C. passed a paid sick days law, the D.C. Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. The law means D.C. is one of only two places in the country that workers do not have to fear lost wages or their jobs if they or a family member have the flu or other short-term illness, or are the victim of...
October 22, 2010
Imagine going to work with the flu. How about having a toddler with an ear infection? When a child in Washington, D.C. gets sick, she may not make it to a doctor if her parent is a waiter or a waitress. It isn’t because the parent is neglectful. Despite a paid sick days law passed two years ago in the District of Columbia, tipped restaurant employees are not afforded paid time off when they are sick or when they need to care for a sick family member. This means many families are in the tough position of having to decide between a paycheck and seeking care when ill. Now residents of D.C. can...
August 31, 2010
Work-life balance is often thought of in terms of flexible hours, telecommuting, and other important ways to modify the work place to make it more amenable to working women and men. Sometimes overlooked are the jobs in which low-wage workers tend to be concentrated – for example, the restaurant industry, service industry, and home care. Many of these jobs do not offer paid time off when workers or their families are ill. Often, these workers have fewer options for job flexibility, making the need for paid sick days legislation even more important. More and more businesses are realizing...
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 access. For individuals who have finite time off work and no paid sick days, accessing the preventative care that will keep them healthy is more easily said than done. Many can’t access care simply because they cannot afford to take time off of work. Eighty percent of low-income workers do not have...