"Called Shyft, the app emerged from Seattle Techstars, an accelerator program that backs promising startups. With little marketing and no cooperation from major retailers, Shyft says it has signed up 12,000 workers at US Starbucks stores, more than 7,500 at McDonald's, and 3,500-plus at Old Navy. In the past three months, workers have exchanged the equivalent of 26,000 hours on the app, according to Shyft chief executive officer Brett Patrontasch.
Watch: Senate Briefing on Work and Family Policies in the United States and Canada held on June 22, 2016
IWPR and the Work and Family Researchers Network coordinated a briefing, "New Health and Economic Research on Work and Family Policies in the United States and Canada," sponsored by Senator Patty Murray.
Panelists presented current research on the benefits of family leave policies, who accesses benefits, and barriers to usage.
WFRN members LeaAnne DeRigne and Patricia Stoddard-Dare
Two WFRN members, Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne (Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Patricia Stoddard-Dare (Cleveland State University), published a recent article titled "Workers without paid sick leave less likely to take time off work for illness or injury compared to those with paid sick leave." The article was widely covered by the main stream media with TV reports, radio pieces and many newspaper and online news citations. Forbes and US News and World Report covered the article.
In recognition of the Family and Medical Leave Act's 23rd anniversary, the National Partnership for Women & Families commissioned new national polling data to measure public support for paid family and medical leave and updated our FMLA Q & A guide.
Debra I. Schafer, Executive Advisor; Founder/CEO, Education Navigation, LLC
Parental leave is very much a "hot topic" for working parents and now, for companies, and there's progress being made in this area. Yet there are millions of working parents/employees whose needs are not being met so we still have a long way to go.
Two years after the initial introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), the National Partnership for Women & Families' Vice President, Vicki Shabo, shares her pet peeve: "When people say national paid family and medical leave in this country is a long way off."