The aftermath of World War II, business lobbying, a diminished American labor movement, and the American love of individualism and bootstrap-pulling all have combined to help keep the U.S. alone in not giving its workers paid leave.
In a Public Opinion Survey conducted by the New York Times and CBS News, the headline focuses on attitudes toward inequality. You need to click on the graphic to see that 80 percent of Americans support paid leave and 85 percent support sick leave.
This month the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) released a new turnover calculator, a straightforward tool that enables businesses to easily calculate their turnover costs by answering some basic questions. The tool produces figures that reflect the latest data on turnover costs.
Children whose fathers take even short spells of paternity leave do better, according to a review by the OECD which examined longitudinal studies of children born around the turn of the century in America, Australia, Britain and Denmark.
With the social investment paradigm increasingly present in European social policy making, I am very pleased to announce my newest publication, together with Laurie C. Maldonado. Our article “Prepare versus Repair? Combining Parental Leave and Family Allowances for Social Investment Against Single-Parent Poverty”, was published in the Belgian Review of Social Security, in an excellent special issue on child wellbeing. The special issue has contributions by experts including Dominic Richardson, Jonathan Bradshaw, and Gøsta Esping-Andersen.
Workers who lose their jobs due to caring for older, sick, or disabled family members are unlikely to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, according to a new report, "Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers: An Analysis of State Rules and Practices." This is the case despite provisions in some states' UI rules that are intended to address such situations.
"Although many employers report that they provide paid sick time to most of their employees, few extend this crucial labor standard to all employees. The study, which surveyed over 1,000 employers with 50 or more employees, found that less than half--41 percent--offered all employees with at least one year on the job access to paid sick days. Another 46 percent said they offered most employees with one year of tenure paid sick days. (These numbers vary slightly for employers with paid time off (PTO) policies, which aggregate all forms of leave.
Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women & Families
In this blog for the Huffington Post, National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra L. Ness explains the National Partnership's new calculation that the FMLA has been used more than 200 million times. Here's an excerpt:
"This year, we sought to determine just how big an impact the FMLA has had these last 22 years. The result tells a bittersweet story about our nation — one of progress, problems and possibility.