Joyce M. Rosenberg, Ap Business Writer Updated 9:42 am PDT, Monday, July 8, 2019 NEW YORK (AP) — Connecticut has joined the small and slow-growing group of states that give employees paid leave to care for sick relatives or deal with their own medical conditions. Seven states and Washington, D.C., now have paid family and medical leave laws that provide for employee and/or employer-funded insurance pools to partially replace workers' wages. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation on June 25 that calls for a paid leave system to be in place as of January 2022. Paid family and medical leave laws are separate from laws in 10 states and many large cities that require employers to allow workers to accrue paid sick time. Besides Connecticut and the nation's capital, family and medical leave laws are on the books in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, the state of Washington and Massachusetts. While there are variations among the state and Washington, … [Read more...] about Paid family/medical leave becomes the law in 7th state
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Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 5:29 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 Washington — After her diagnosis in 2007, Christina Hayes of Dearborn rapidly burned through vacation days to receive treatment for lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. She ended up missing so many days that supervisors wrote her up, and she risked losing her job. Hayes said she started skipping treatments, collapsed at work and had to be carried out on a stretcher. The experience transformed her into an advocate who lobbied for Michigan's paid sick leave law, which took effect this month. Hayes has now taken her campaign to the U.S. Capitol. She joined Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday as they reintroduced a bill to allow workers at businesses with at least 15 employees to earn up to 56 hours, or seven days' worth, of paid sick leave a year. "There's no better opportunity to come to D.C. to really have your voice heard statewide and nationwide," Hayes said. … [Read more...] about Paid sick leave advocate from Dearborn presses issue in Congress
By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters | PUBLISHED: January 20, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 20, 2019 at 6:01 am Californians who like the idea of getting more paid time off work to care for a new baby may find good news and bad news in the details of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget. The bad news: The proposal is not quite as generous as it initially seemed. It doesn’t call for each worker to get six months of paid leave, as early news coverage implied. Instead, it calls for each baby to get up to six months of care from a family member, dividing the time between two adults each taking a paid leave of two to four months. The good news: That’s still more than the six weeks of partially-paid family leave most workers get under current state law. And as a more modest increase, the plan may be more likely to win approval. Not that it will be easy. The proposal foreshadows a pitched battle between labor unions and business interests, both … [Read more...] about Newsom’s bold proposal for six-month paid family leave
Richard Feloni, provided by Published 8:30 am CST, Saturday, January 19, 2019 Rich Pedroncelli/AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this month he would make six months of paid parental leave, to be split between two parents, a priority for the state but has yet to determine a funding plan. Aside from health benefits, research has found that paid parental leave benefits employees' careers. The US remains the only developed country without a federal paid family leave policy, but large American companies have competed for talent by offering increasingly generous benefits. This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism. California's new governor, Gavin Newsom, grabbed national headlines earlier this month when an unnamed staffer confirmed with the New York Times that Gov. Newsom's budget proposal would include a plan for six months of paid parental leave for all Californians. The United States is the only developed country without a … [Read more...] about If California’s new governor can deliver on his proposal to offer 6 months of paid parental leave, it would be the most generous policy in the US
In the past two months, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fractured three ribs and had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung. She was absent from oral argument last week and will miss this week’s arguments as well. Doctors say they expect her to be back on the bench in February, and until then she will review transcripts from her home and participate in the court’s decision-making remotely. But her return to work has not quieted critics who say that Ginsburg should have retired long ago and that her health issues are the latest evidence that justices should not be allowed to serve for life. Ginsburg, who is 85, suggested this summer that she intends to serve “at least five more years” on the court. She is far from the first justice to linger on the bench into advanced age. John Paul Stevens retired at 90 in 2010, making him the oldest serving justice since Oliver Wendell Holmes stepped down from the bench two months shy of his 91st birthday in 1932. … [Read more...] about What Happens if Ruth Bader Ginsburg Remains Too Sick to Work?