"After two steps forward, we were unprepared for the abrupt slowdown on the road to gender equality. We can make sense of the current predicament, however -- and gain a better sense of how to resume our forward motion -- if we can grasp the forces that drove the change in the first place."
"... An exhaustive search found no evidence to support the lump of labor theory in the United States. In fact, the evidence suggests that greater employment of older persons leads to better outcomes for the young -- reduced unemployment, increased employment, and a higher wage. The patterns are consistent for both men and women and for groups with different levels of education. The instrumental variable approach does not
"So while they are no panacea, the emergent trends of community fabrication, self-provisioning and the sharing economy collectively suggest a future for work in wealthy countries that involves more making, sharing and self-organizing. There may be fewer formal jobs -- but a more entrepreneurial approach to making money, one that emphasizes smaller-scale companies and collectively owned enterprises, more sharing, and less spending. As painful as the years since the crash have been, a more resilient, satisfying and sustainable way to work and live could be one beneficial consequence."
Promoting policy solutions that improve job quality is an essential part of CLASP's agenda to reduce poverty, support families, reward effort and expand opportunity. CLASP's advocacy on work/life and job quality concentrates on paid leave, predictable and responsive schedules, and advancement opportunities.
"The unemployment rate for Americans 55 and older is lower than for any other age group the government tracks, and far below the national average. But if an older worker loses a job, the length of time that person will stay unemployed is typically much longer than for any other age group."
Today, we're tipping our hats to the courage and strength of thousands of low-wage fast food workers like Shaniqua, Nick, Dearius, and Shonda, who are taking to the streets to demand fair pay and working conditions. CLASP stands united with these workers, fighting every day for policy solutions that reverse America's arc toward inequity.
"Each woman who decides to take a career break does so because of a unique set of factors. It is impossible to generalize from three people's experiences whether it is the right move for you. Do it with your eyes open to the potential issues of balance in spousal relationships, erosion of confidence, financial dependence, and the challenges of reentry. But also enjoy the time spent caring for children if that is why you are taking a career break."
This week, CLASP releases the third in a series of implementation briefs on earned sick days laws. The first two briefs, released in the spring, highlighted best practices emerging from the west coast with San Francisco's and Seattle's earned sick days laws. The third brief takes us to the east coast, where the first, and so far only, state-level sick days law exists. In Connecticut, state officials overcame challenges associated with a tough economic climate as they wrote guidelines and conducted outreach to employers and employees.
A sustainable career is dynamic and flexible; it features continuous learning, periodic renewal, the security that comes from employability, and a harmonious fit with your skills, interests, and values. The keys to crafting a sustainable career are knowing yourself — what interests you, what you do best and not so well, what energizes you — and being acutely attuned to the fields and companies you're interested in, so that you can identify places where you can add value. This post offers five strategies for crafting a sustainable career.