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News and views: Paid leave; Women in the workplace; Wal-Mart’s sick day policy

Huffington Post -> Paid Leave Makes Horse Sense: Vacations are good for your health. And, you don’t need to get away to any fancy Caribbean retreat to get the benefit of time-off from work. But it helps if you are a horse. In New York City, that is. | More

Sloan Work and Family Network -> The Work-Life Tip Sheet – 10 Steps to a Successful Workplace: Over the years, there’s been plenty of shaming big employers — picketing, signs with attack slogans, marching in the streets. But the game of us-against-them doesn’t work. In order to transform the workplace to better reflect today’s workforce, we need to think about how to make working women and their families happy. | More

Huffington Post -> Shop Wal-Mart, Get…Sick?: If you shop at Wal-Mart to finish up that last bit of holiday shopping this week, you may be coming home with more than a good deal — you might be exposed to contagious illnesses like colds and the flu. Why? As the New York Times recently reported, employees can receive “occurrences,” commonly known as demerits, lose pay, and ultimately risk termination for taking sick days. | More

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