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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Boobies in The Workplace

I rarely find myself in a position of opposing work-place breast exposure. It's traditionally one of my stalwart positions. Yes on breasts. But this attitude that the US workplace trails behind the rest of the world in regards to taking care of employee family concerns is scary. Since when did the right to breast feed at work become a right? Or better yet, since when did bringing your kid to work become a right?
The United States lags far behind virtually all wealthy countries with regard to family-oriented workplace policies such as maternity leave, paid sick days and support for breast-feeding, a new study by Harvard and McGill University researchers says
Fortunate for the three TtP readers that have kids (or kids they know about) Washington and state capitals around the nation are hammering out the details on a plan that would fix low unemployment and impressive economic growth.
The Labor Department is examining regulations that give workers unpaid leave to deal with family or medical emergencies — a review that supporters of the rules worry might be a prelude to scaling back these protections, as requested by some business groups. Comments to the agency on the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act — which grants eligible workers up to a total of 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year — are due by Friday.

At the same time, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., plans to announce Thursday that he will propose new legislation that would enable workers to take six weeks of paid family leave. Congress also is expected to reconsider the Healthy Families Act, a bill introduced last session that would require employers with at least 15 employees to provide seven paid sick days per year.
Full article here. Related good news on our economy here. And yes, the only non-drug subjects I blog on are the ones that greet me when I open internet explorer. Deal with it. See anyone else around here today?

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