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November 16, 2010
As if it hasn’t already done enough, the Great Recession has effectively ruined the first Friday of every month. Why? This is the day each month that the U.S. Department of Labor releases the nation’s unemployment rate. And it probably doesn’t require much explanation that for the past two years, the first Friday has rarely brought good news. The current national unemployment rate is 9.6 percent. Put into context, this is supposed to be relatively good news, considering that coming into 2010, the figure had been hovering at or around 10 percent.** And if we think of the unemployment rate as...
July 28, 2010
In the advocacy world, talking points to support paid sick days have been developed to fit every constituency: To appeal to working parents, labor and women’s advocates, you might highlight the fact that paid sick days are a modern necessity in a society where many families have both parents in the workforce – and the majority (71%) of all women with dependent children under the age of 18 are in the labor force; To appeal to policymakers sympathetic to health and children’s issues, you might frame your discussion around the fact that children experience better short- and long-term health...