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San Francisco Workers Can Now Request Flexible Work Schedules—But Not Predictable Ones

Of women polled who work in restaurants, 40 percent had unpredictable schedules, and 1 in 5 women restaurant workers had actually lost their child care support due to their work schedules changing.

The philosophy underlying the policy is one that recognizes the importance of parenting and other caregiving roles—which women are still disproportionately saddled with. But even as San Francisco sets trends, the city’s policy could improve, especially with respect to low-wage positions, which also tend to be dominated by women.

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Data Shows U.S. Workers Want the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act—and More Policies Like It

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

The legislation would address longstanding gaps of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was enacted 35 years ago this month.

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How Health-Care Reform Could Improve Employment Prospects for People With Disabilities

In attempting to reverse troubling unemployment trends among persons with disabilities, disability rights advocacy groups are looking to the health-care sector as a solution.

In attempting to reverse troubling unemployment trends among persons with disabilities, disability rights advocacy groups are looking to the health-care sector as a solution.

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Government Shutdown Puts Hundreds of Thousands of Middle-Class, Low-Wage Workers at Risk

With no promise of back pay and no certainty of when they can return to work, 800,000 federal workers are being furloughed by the government starting today.

As part of the government shutdown, some 800,000 government workers are furloughed and another million are working without pay. Many of these workers identify as middle-class but risk falling into hard times because of this loss of income; others are already struggling, earning a meager $8.25 to $9.00 per hour.

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Domestic Workers, Overtime Pay, and the Perceived ‘Cost Problem’

A lawsuit challenging North Dakota's admitting privileges law may soon be resolved.

Last week, California passed a bill requiring overtime pay for domestic workers. Some are concerned about the cost people with disabilities—many of whom are low-income—may incur to pay for such care.

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Attack on Food Stamps Is Bad for the Poor and the Economy

The Tea Party holds an ideology blind to the role food stamps play in the economy.

While Thursday’s Republican-led bill to slash food stamps is highly unlikely to pass the Senate, it shows the influence of the Tea Party as the ideological foundation for House Republican leadership—an ideology blind to the role food stamps play in the economy.

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Finally, Domestic Workers Get Basic Labor Protections

The White House approved regulations extending minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers.

On Tuesday, the White House approved regulations extending basic labor protections for domestic workers. A confluence of events enabled these regulations to come about—some political, but more movement-driven.

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With Farm Bill Close to Expiring, Rhetoric Against Food Stamps Continues

The Tea Party holds an ideology blind to the role food stamps play in the economy.

While conservatives lead in this rhetoric, the willingness to cut food stamps is found among moderate Democrats as well—revealing that this longstanding program for the poor may be very vulnerable.

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Harvard Business School Isn’t an Island of Bro Culture: Our Whole Economy Needs a Gender-Culture Shift

Jodi Kantor’s recent front-page New York Times story describes an experiment by the Harvard Business School to transform its deeply sexist culture and “foster women’s success.” But the gender problem in our economy runs much deeper than that.

Jodi Kantor’s recent front-page New York Times story describes an experiment by the Harvard Business School to transform its deeply sexist culture and “foster women’s success.” But the gender problem in our economy runs much deeper than that.

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How Labor Movements Around the World Are Interconnected

An international convention on domestic workers' rights is going into effect, just as labor organizing is picking up steam in the United States and abroad.

An international convention on domestic workers’ rights is going into effect, just as labor organizing is picking up steam in the United States and abroad.

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