New York City plans to require all employers with 20 or more workers to give employees paid time off when they get sick, under a compromise agreement reached last night.
The mandate will take effect on April 1, 2014, and will extend to include businesses with 15 or more employees a year later, under the accord, which was confirmed by Robin Levine, a City Council spokeswoman. It will also require all employers [...]
About 40 percent of U.S. workers, or more than 55 million Americans, don’t get paid when they take vacation or sick days, the government reported.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a report yesterday that leave policies by U.S. employers tend to be a patchwork of individual arrangements that favor healthy, well-educated professional employees.
The report underscores how the U.S. is lagging on such policies. It’s the only advanced economy without a national [...]
A controversial plan that would put smokers out of work in Fort Worth, Texas, has been officially snuffed out.
The City Council has decided against the proposal to require all hires to leave their cigarettes behind.
Instead, they’re now looking to curb the city’s habit by creating smoke-free perimeters and increasing health insurance premiums.
The suggestion to not hire smokers came from Mayor Betsy Price’s Big Idea Challenge, which encouraged city employees to [...]
By: Herald Sun
MELBOURNE, Australia – Taking sick days is set to get tougher — there may be a cure for the common cold.
Australian drug maker Biota Wednesday reported the stunning success of its antiviral compound, named Vapendavir.
Tested in 300 asthmatic patients infected with the cold-causing human rhinovirus, the clinical trial showed that cold symptoms eased quickly and the duration of the infection was shortened considerably.
Patients given a placebo experienced the [...]
Though the stress of an especially hectic work day may make you wish you’d stayed in bed, a new study shows that it’s actually a slow day at the office that makes an employee more likely to call in sick.
In the study, participants were 2.5 times more likely to call in sick on days they expected to have a light workload, compared with days when they had a normal workload, [...]
A worker at a Foxconn facility in Chengdu, China.
Apple’s supply chain is once again in the crosshairs, after a South Korean newspaper today reported that Chinese factory workers are paid substantially less than their counterparts elsewhere around the world.
According to the Korea Daily, citing sources, factory workers in China who are producing iPads collectively earn about $8 per unit among them, or about 1.6 percent of the cheapest iPad‘s selling price.
Korean factory [...]
SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – To pray or not to pray? That is the question posed to some Somali Muslims working at Hertz, just as long as they clock out.
More than 30 Somali Muslim shuttle drivers working for Hertz at the Seattle airport were indefinitely suspended over the issue of whether they had been taking too long on their breaks without clocking out, breaks the drivers say [...]
This summer, something remarkable happened: 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike, and no one — save a few customers dealing with service interruptions — much cared.
The communications behemoth wanted more than 100 concessions on health care, pensions, sick days and outsourcing. Unions representing the workers said Verizon sought to void 50 years of collective-bargaining gains for middle-class workers, despite posting a 2.8% jump in [...]
A breastfeeding D.C. police officer was forced to take leave without pay after the department refused to bend a new policy and allow her to work a desk job.
Officer Sashay Brown returned to work in May after having her second child. At first, she worked a desk job. Soon after, though, she was forced to patrol the city streets under a new department policy that was meant to force officers [...]
“Full-time workers in much of Europe typically take seven to eight weeks of vacation and holidays each year Ã¢â‚¬â€ thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s double the American average for full-time workers. Overall, the average private sector worker in the United States gets about nine paid vacation days and six paid holidays each year.
Low-paid, part-time, or small-business workers typically get far fewer, sometimes none. The same holds for paid sick leave: Seventy-two percent of the [...]