Parents of Kids Under 5 Are Demoralized

Disrupted daycare, vaccines TBD and bosses who are over Covid excuses.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #internal-sub-only-nl, #paid-time-off, #vaccination-and-immunization

When the Boss Says to Chillax

No executives want to see their staff burn out — and some are starting to take mandatory vacations as seriously as they take their work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #european-union, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

Architects Are the Latest White-Collar Workers Drawn to Unions

Saying they are overworked and underpaid, architects at a prominent New York firm want to unionize. Others could follow.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #international-assn-of-machinists, #labor-and-jobs, #manhattan-nyc, #organized-labor, #overtime, #paid-time-off, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shop-architects, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

Covid Etiquette: Don’t Come to a Holiday Party With a Cough

Even if your chest cold, stomach bug or swollen sinuses are not coronavirus-related, step away from the mulled cider until you are healthy.

#anxiety-and-stress, #colds, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #coughs, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #paid-time-off, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

Readers hail the $1 trillion bill but bemoan the partisanship and worry about online scams. Also: Paid family leave; court logjam; food deliveries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #delivery-services, #family-leaves, #food, #infrastructure-public-works, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sure, Biden’s Plan Costs a Lot of Money. But the Price of Inaction Is Higher.

Tell Senator Manchin that failing to deliver is more than we can afford. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #elder-care, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #paid-time-off, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

BAPS, a prominent sect, faces accusations of exploiting low-caste laborers from India to run massive temples around the country.

#atlanta-ga, #bharatiya-janata-party, #bochasanwasi-akshar-purushottam-swaminarayan-sanstha-baps, #caste-systems, #chicago-ill, #fishman-paul-j, #foreign-workers, #houston-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #new-jersey, #paid-time-off, #politics-and-government, #robbinsville-nj, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #temples-religious, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Dads Need to Start Shouting About Paid Leave

Moms have been telling their stories alone for too long.

#family-leaves, #internal-sub-only-nl, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

Paid Family Leave Is Good for Everyone

Taking time off from work when a baby is born is essential for mothers and fathers.

#buttigieg-pete-1982, #family-leaves, #paid-time-off, #parenting

Facing Moderate Revolt, Democrats Put Social Policy Bill on Hold

Leaders pressed for a vote on a separate infrastructure bill, but the fate of both measures was in doubt amid party divisions, despite pleas from President Biden.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #congressional-budget-office, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-pre-school, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #pelosi-nancy, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Dose of Optimism About Mothers at Work

The economist Claudia Goldin has hope for the future.

#discrimination, #family-leaves, #internal-sub-only-nl, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

House Democrats Revive Paid Leave Program, Ignoring Manchin’s Concerns

The House plans to add a provision to provide four weeks of federally paid family and medical leave to their social policy bill, but it is all but certain to be jettisoned by the Senate.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #paid-time-off, #pelosi-nancy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Paid Family Leave’s Demise This Time Could Fuel It Later

In failing to secure a benefit with bipartisan appeal, President Biden joins a long line of frustrated politicians. But some Republicans say it could be resurrected on its own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #family-leaves, #federal-budget-us, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #paid-time-off, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Racing the Clock, Democrats Grasp for a Deal on Biden’s Agenda

Democrats struggled to bridge crucial differences over what to include in and how to pay for their social policy and climate plan.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #murray-patty, #neal-richard-e, #paid-time-off, #pelosi-nancy, #sanders-bernard, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Fix the Democrats’ Build Back Better Plan

The party has to do a few things well, rather than a bunch of things poorly.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #paid-time-off, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden and Democrats Push for Budget Deal This Week as Rifts Remain

Negotiators were closing in on a deal that could spend around $1.75 trillion, but lawmakers were still haggling over critical disagreements on the sprawling social policy bill.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #federal-budget-us, #global-warming, #high-net-worth-individuals, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #medicaid, #medicare, #paid-time-off, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

How 4 Weeks of U.S. Paid Leave Would Compare With the Rest of the World

The U.S. is one of six countries with no national paid leave. The Democrats have cut their plan to four weeks, which would still make it an outlier.

#disability-insurance, #family-leaves, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Why Is Raising a Child in the United States So Hard?

Family welfare policies never took off in the United States as they did in the rest of the wealthy world. Some Democrats think the country is ready.

#child-care, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #day-care-centers, #debatable, #education-pre-school, #family-leaves, #paid-time-off, #welfare-us

Biden’s Paid Leave Plan at Risk as Lawmakers Seek Cuts

An initial proposal to offer workers 12 weeks of paid leave could be whittled down as Democrats try to trim their $3.5 trillion social policy bill.

#family-leaves, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

What Do You Like to Do During a Mental Health Day?

We’re seeking inspiration from our readers.

#mental-health-and-disorders, #paid-time-off

How to Build a Paid Family Leave Plan That Doesn’t Backfire

Congress is designing a policy as part of Democrats’ safety net spending plan. Evidence from around the world suggests what works and what doesn’t.

#american-families-plan-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #part-time-employment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

Should the U.S. Expand the Social Safety Net?

Readers disagree with a guest essay that argued that America cannot afford the $3.5 trillion bill now before Congress.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #gross-domestic-product, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #law-and-legislation, #mankiw-n-gregory, #paid-time-off, #poverty, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

We’ll Give You a Week Off. Please Don’t Quit.

“Operation Chillax”: Companies are trying to combat burnout from working remotely by offering more time off and other perks.

#advertising-and-marketing, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #paid-time-off, #summer-season, #work-life-balance

Why You Might Not Be Returning to the Office Until Next Year

After the Delta variant disrupted plans to reopen after Labor Day, many businesses pushed their targets further out or left them open-ended.

#airbnb, #american-airlines, #bank-of-america-corporation, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #intel-corporation, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #morgan-stanley, #national-public-radio, #paid-time-off, #starbucks-corporation, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-environment

The Labor Shortage Is Empowering Workers to Demand Better Jobs

Workers have decided they’re not content to settle for demeaning, low-paid work. Can employers take the hint?

#labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #shortages, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

How Parents Can Ask for Flexibility When Offices Reopen

With some employers looking to bring staff back to work on-site, here’s how parents can ask for schedule accommodations.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-reopenings, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

No, the Unvaccinated Aren’t All Just Being Difficult

“Sometimes you have to make it too convenient so that people can’t say no.”

#american-families-plan-2021, #child-care, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #labor-and-jobs, #lowell-mass, #paid-time-off, #riverside-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Paternity Leave Fear

Even when paid leave is guaranteed, many men fear it would set them back at work. A new study from Norway shows a way to a solution.

#family-leaves, #norway, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #work-life-balance

Child Care Is Not the Place for Biden to Skimp

While the idiotic controversy over what constitutes infrastructure rages, the president should look to his former rivals to improve his family plan. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #united-states-politics-and-government

N.Y.C. Workers Will Not Have a Paid Day Off for Juneteenth

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed last year that Juneteenth would be an official holiday. City workers learned this week they would not be getting a paid day off after all.

#de-blasio-bill, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #new-york-city, #paid-time-off

Five Takeaways About Amazon’s Employment Machine

Outsiders see a business success story for the ages. Many insiders see an employment system under strain.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #productivity, #wages-and-salaries

Working Less Is a Matter of Life and Death

Putting limits on labor isn’t just a perk. It’s a way to safeguard workers’ health. 

#labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #working-hours

How to Take a Break

Developing a “rest ethic” can make work time more productive.

#content-type-service, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #productivity, #saturdaynewsletter

A New Deal, This Time for Everyone

The Biden administration’s plans would allow millions of American women to decide whether to work outside the home.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #new-deal-1930s, #paid-time-off, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

Biden’s Proposals Aim to Give Sturdier Support to the Middle Class

His message is that the private sector alone cannot provide security and comfort to the vast majority of Americans.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #discrimination, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #social-conditions-and-trends, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

The Debate Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Is Is Ridiculous

Both snarled traffic and a morning without a home health aide can make you late for work.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-labor, #children-and-childhood, #elder-care, #elderly, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #work-life-balance

This Couple Had 4 Weddings and 3 Divorces. Was It for the Days Off?

A bank in Taiwan said an employee had a rapid succession of nuptials in two months to the same woman to take advantage of the country’s marriage leave policy.

#fines-penalties, #marriages, #paid-time-off, #taiwan

Welcome to the YOLO Economy

Burned out and flush with savings, some workers are quitting stable jobs in search of postpandemic adventure.

#coaches-and-managers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation, #paid-time-off, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #gorsuch-neil-m, #jehovahs-witnesses, #kethledge-raymond-m-1966, #marshall-thurgood, #paid-time-off, #religion-state-relations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thapar-amul-r, #thomas-clarence, #united-states

New Zealand Approves Paid Leave After Miscarriage

The measure, believed to be among the first in the world, would apply to couples who lose a pregnancy at any point.

#law-and-legislation, #miscarriages, #new-zealand, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #stillbirth, #women-and-girls

British Law Highlights Parental Leave for Lawmakers

Britain approved a measure allowing senior government ministers to take maternity leave without penalty. But some countries make no provisions for lawmakers who are new parents.

#braverman-suella, #family-leaves, #government-employees, #great-britain, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #paid-time-off, #politics-and-government

The Exponential Power of a $15 Wage Floor

Biden can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands with a single executive order.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #collective-bargaining, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #labor-and-jobs, #manchin-joe-iii, #minimum-wage, #obama-barack, #paid-time-off, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Places and Policies That Aim to Help Working Parents

How some employers and governments are supporting working parents.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #employee-fringe-benefits, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sabbaticals-and-career-breaks, #tutors-and-tutoring, #work-life-balance

Should I Warn My Ex’s Fiancée About His Cheating Heart?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on telling your ex’s fiancée that he betrayed her, absconding with a valuable letter discovered in a rental home — and more.

#cheating, #dating-and-relationships, #ethics-personal, #paid-time-off, #robberies-and-thefts

Did You Miss Out on Vacation This Year? You’re Not Alone

Employers are struggling to deal with the unused days that have piled up during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #human-resources, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #workplace-environment

Paid Time Off, Free Fries: How Corporate America Is Getting Out the Vote

Spurred by recent social unrest, many U.S. companies are trying to make it easier for workers, and urging their customers, to cast their ballots.

#amazon-com-inc, #burch-tory, #citigroup-inc, #coca-cola-company, #corporations, #diageo-plc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #kenna-corley, #paid-time-off, #patagonia-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

California, Reject Prop 22

Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

Swiss to Vote on Paternity Leave: Nice to Have or Essential?

The fate of a law mandating two weeks of paid leave for fathers will be decided at the polls after a conservative backlash forced a referendum.

#family-leaves, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #switzerland

How Big Tech Could Influence the Election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.

#absentee-voting, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #giridharadas-anand, #paid-time-off, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Private Tutors, Pop-Up Schools or Nothing at All: How Employers Are Helping Parents

Benefits depend on where people work, and the kind of job they have, a new survey finds, highlighting disparities that predate the pandemic.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture