Domestic violence is not just a “domestic” problem. You have the opportunity to be a champion for actions that will increase the safety, well-being and productivity of every employee in your organization by seeking to empower and support those who are subject to abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner.
We need a national paid leave program that is effective and sustainable, that will reach those who need it the most and that will not threaten other key areas of support for working families. But the recently-proposed CRADLE Act fails to meet any of those criteria.
Three-quarters of U.S. workers face some kind of caregiving responsibility; 32 percent of them left a job because they couldn’t balance work and family duties, and more than 80 percent said their responsibilities at home kept them from doing their best at work.
I was paid substantially less for doing the same job as a male counterpart for two years—and I found out because the person who was earning more than me was my partner.
Five members of the U.S. national women’s soccer team filed a complaint today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation, the sport’s national governing body, of wage discrimination. The players—Carli Llloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo—filed on behalf of the whole team, citing pay and bonus figures from 2013 onward […]
The Department of Homeland Security recently announced new regulations that could allow dependent spouses of skilled immigrants to hold jobs of their own. Previously, the spouses of H1-B visa holders (immigrants who come to the U.S. to work in specialized fields, usually science or technology) weren’t granted authorization to work. The change could have positive […]
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in more than 30 years. The new guidelines mirror the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and classify discrimination against pregnant employees as a form of sex discrimination. The EEOC guidelines make it clear that an employer cannot discriminate against a worker […]
The Ms. Blog gives a standing ovation to New York City for passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which went into effect January 30. In 1978, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act made such discrimination illegal in the workplace, comparing pregnant women to “temporarily disabled” employees. But by viewing a woman’s pregnancy as a “disability,” employers […]
As temperatures dip lower this holiday season, many of us will get sick. Whether we can afford to stay home from work may depend on where we live. Seven U.S. cities, Washington, D.C., and the state of Connecticut guarantee workers paid sick leave. The rest of the country does not. New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, […]
Our Fall issue tells the stories of women fighting for economic survival in low-wage positions, from fast-food workers on strike to government employees still feeling the crunch of a stagnant minimum wage.