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Proposed federal rules another step toward paid sick days for all

The federal Department of Labor is moving closer to implementing President Obama’s Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. With national paid sick days legislation (the Healthy Families Act) bottled up in the Republican-controlled Congress, it’s an important

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Congratulations on paid sick and safe leave, Spokane!

On Monday, the Spokane City Council passed an ordinance assuring most people working in the city the right to earn paid sick and safe leave starting next year.  The Council voted 6 to 1 for the ordinance. At the start

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Employers Report Modest Use of Paid Sick Days

Maybe you’ve had that early morning moment of anxiety when you wake up with a fever and a cough that won’t stop and you think ‘Should I go to work today?’  If you’re lucky, your employer offers a few paid

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Sick and safe leave is a lifeline for workers

By Washington State Representative Roger Freeman Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.  Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five. I was concerned. Not only for

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New Jersey builds momentum for local and statewide paid sick leave laws

New Jersey may be in the news for bad politics, but on paid sick days, at least, they’re leading the way – a second city there just unanimously passed paid sick days. Newark’s win, the result of work by a

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Horses get plenty of sick days, so where’s ours? NYC workers rally for more sick days

From the New York Daily News: Dozens of city workers rallied in Central Park yesterday, demanding the City Council answer a rather unusual question: “You gave horses five weeks of vacation – Why not give humans sick days?” Why not,

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