Posted on 01/06/17 in Work & Wages
Caught between work and childcare, families with kids under 5 more likely to be poor
Photo from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expectant parents working in Washington DC had an extra reason to celebrate last month. The City Council passed legislation guaranteeing eight weeks of paid time for working parents to care for new baby or adopted child, as well as paid time to recover from illness or care for sick family members. The new benefit is available to all private sector workers in the district and is funded by a small tax on businesses. A growing number of major employers are making... read more
Posted on 12/20/16 by Amy Hanauer in Work & Wages
The amazing new Race Anthology: Dispatches and artifacts from a segregated city features a comic strip, poetry, interviews and essays, including this essay by Policy Matters Executive Director Amy Hanauer. Written before the election and... read more
Posted on 03/29/16 by Hannah Halbert in Work & Wages
Fair share is fair.
That was the finding of an equally divided U.S. Supreme Court, which today issued a one-sentence decision that upheld nearly 40 years of legal precedent and the right of public sector workers... read more
Posted on 09/16/15 by Hannah Halbert in Work & Wages
Full-time employment has rebounded to pre-recession levels, but new census data shows wages are so low that 1.4 million more workers are living in poverty compared to 2007.
The data released today by the U.S. Census... read more
Posted on 07/10/15 in Work & Wages
No woman should ever have to choose between her job and her pregnancy. But that’s the choice some expectant mothers in Ohio are facing right now.
As a working mom of two young girls, I know... read more
Posted on 06/18/15 in Work & Wages
The wait for a federal increase in the salary level that would require employers to pay overtime appears to be coming to an end.
The change would be good news for millions of workers who are... read more
Posted on 04/22/15 by Amelia Hayes in Work & Wages
The TPP stands for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a deal that is being negotiated between 12 countries, including the United States. If you’re worried about what NAFTA has done to the United States, you should... read more
Posted on 04/17/15 in Work & Wages
The Center for Community Solutions has released a new series of county profiles that show an increase in poverty, food pantry use and Medicaid enrollment despite a strengthening economy.
Ohio has been steadily increasing the number... read more