By Bob Egelko Published 10:15 pm PDT, Friday, August 31, 2018 A federal appeals court has revived a San Jose restaurant server’s suit challenging his union’s agreement with his employer to pay less than the city’s minimum wage in exchange for increased benefits. If successful, the suit could affect similar “opt-out” agreements by unions in several other Bay Area communities. less A federal appeals court has revived a San Jose restaurant server’s suit challenging his union’s agreement with his employer to pay less than the city’s minimum wage in exchange for increased benefits. If ... more Photo: AP / Photo: AP / Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A federal appeals court has revived a San Jose restaurant server’s suit challenging his union’s agreement … [Read more...] about Appeals court revives worker’s suit against union that agreed to swap minimum wage for benefits
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“The restaurant industry feels to me like Wall Street did in 1996,” OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles says. That’s one reason Quarles felt compelled to host a family-style dinner this month at Shuka, a Mediterranean eatery in New York, with women who’ve made food their business. The event was the second of OpenTable’s Open Conversations dinners, an experimental series that kicked off earlier this year in San Francisco, after a wave of sexual harassment allegations washed over the restaurant industry. Over plates of mezze, the women in attendance debated everything from tipping to whether to boycott a Mario Batali restaurant. I spoke to Quarles and the other women who hosted the event about how the industry is evolving post-#MeToo, and what restaurateurs are thinking—and acting on—now. Awareness and education Even for women in the industry, the sexual misconduct allegations against celebrity chefs like Batali and Ken Friedman were … [Read more...] about What’s next for #MeToo in the restaurant industry?
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) addresses the audience at the 10th anniversary leadership gala of the Friends Of The Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, December 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images for Friends of the Global Fight) Congressowman Barbara Lee waves a rainbow flag while participating during the Oakland Pride Parade in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) prepares to speak during the dedication of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The new four-story building, totaling approximately 110,000 square feet, opened in September and will house classrooms for science and business technology, mathematics and health programs. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) President Barack Obama greets Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., second from left, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., left, … [Read more...] about Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee considers bid for House leadership in wake of Ocasio-Cortez win
Last week came further warning signs about the strains and challenges in the broken childcare sector. A survey for the Professional Association for Childcare and Early years (PACEY) warned that nursery closures were up almost 50 per cent last year, and that providers were struggling to retain good staff because of funding pressures. In the not-too-distant future, childcare policy will be taught as a case study in government failure. Well-intentioned interventions are having perverse consequences and rapidly leading to more and more state control. Read more: Asking whether teachers are underpaid misses the point Let’s start with the government’s expansion of “free” childcare to 30 hours for three and four year olds. This has made nurseries increasingly dependent on government funding. But the state generally provides lower fees per hour than private consumers. When the state only offered 15 hours of free care, nurseries cross-subsidised these low fees by charging … [Read more...] about The broken childcare market is a classic government failure
This Mother’s Day, learn more about which states in the US are the best about supporting working mums. Vermont topped WalletHub‘s 2018 rankings of the best states for working mums. The rankings weighed factors like the gender wage gap and childcare costs. Mother’s Day is here, which means that people across the US will be taking some time to celebrate their mums. Personal finance site WalletHub decided to get in on the act by crunching the numbers to determine which states provide the best environments for working mothers. Working mums must juggle the responsibilities of both motherhood and the professional world. It’s certainly no easy feat, but policies and work norms in some states make it a bit easier. To find the best states for mums who work outside the home, WalletHub assigned each US state and Washington DC a score based on numerous factors, including women’s median annual salary adjusted for the cost of living, daycare quality, the gender … [Read more...] about The 15 best US states for working mums