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Who takes care of sick kids when parents have to work?

Rhonda Harshaw’s 8-year-old son woke up with a terrible toothache. The right side of his jaw was swollen, and he was crying that his face and mouth hurt. Harshaw, who lives in St. Louis, could tell he needed to see

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50 Years Later, Not Nearly Enough Progress for Working-Class Women

Male Help Wanted Manager trainee, groom for upper management, $7,200 up. Female Help Wanted General Office “Gal Friday” for stable, personable lady in one girl office. Starting $80 week[i] You won’t see ads like these anymore. Fifty years after The

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Paid Leave for Women … And Men

“We are true to our creed,” said President Obama in his Inaugural Address. “When a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she

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Who takes care of sick kids when parents have to work?

Rhonda Harshaw’s 8-year-old son woke up with a terrible toothache. The right side of his jaw was swollen, and he was crying that his face and mouth hurt. Harshaw, who lives in St. Louis, could tell he needed to see

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Paid sick days a boon for state

When the Connecticut General Assembly was considering legislation guaranteeing paid sick days, many companies, especially in the restaurant industry, complained bitterly that it would sink their businesses. It hasn’t. But that hasn’t stopped the dubious, corporate bankrolled group Employment Policies Institute from continuing to

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Time to Expand the Family Medical Leave Act

AS WE gear up for tonight’s State of the Union Address — in which the president is expected to be combative, and Republicans are expected to reject every syllable he utters — here’s a fact worth chewing on: Two decades

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Could Family and Medical Leave Act be Expanded?

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Landmark Family Leave Law Doesn’t Help Millions of Workers

Eight weeks before Danelle Buchman’s baby was due, an artery ruptured in her uterus, which nearly killed her and her child. Delivered by emergency C-section in 2010, her newborn daughter, Avery, spent one month in intensive care. Buchman survived only

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Your meal shouldn’t come with a side of the flu

Woong Chang was working as a bartender in an upscale Washington restaurant in 2009 when he started feeling symptoms of what turned out to be H1N1, or swine flu. Despite having a fever, a swollen throat and congestion that made

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Small businesses find their own voices – and views – on immigration, sick leave and more

Jim Houser made sure to wear his brown mechanic’s shirt, the one with the “Jim” nametag and multiple certification patches, to last week’s meeting at City Hall.   The Portland City Council is considering a proposal to require businesses to provide sick

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