Washington’s updated Equal Pay law ends employer pay secrecy policies, so people will more easily discover pay disparities. It also requires employers to provide job-related reasons unrelated to gender for differences in pay and job opportunities, and protects all workers’ rights to inquire why they are being paid differently or offered less career advancement.
If we’re talking about work-life balance, let’s be clear that many white women of means have achieved that balance standing on the backs of women of color.
Amazon's demands that the bill include a prohibition on any future city laws on gender discrimination almost derailed Equal Pay, but common sense and the will of the public prevailed.
About 23,000 active duty service members received food stamps in 2013, according to U.S. Census data. In addition, information from the Department of Defense Education Activity showed that in September 2015, 24 percent of 23,000 children in U.S. DoDEA schools were eligible for free meals, while 21 percent were eligible for reduced-price meals.
In negotiations over the bill, Amazon has fought hard to bar cities like Seattle from going farther than state law in efforts to close the gender and race pay gap, according to Representative Tana Senn of Mercer Island. "Microsoft doesn’t care about preemption, the Main Street Alliance doesn’t care. It’s been led by Amazon."
The economy both locally and nationally has been experiencing an uptick, but much of that wealth has not made its way into the pockets of low-wage workers. “A lot of the benefits of the economic growth have continued to go to the very top, to CEOs, to corporate shareholders,” said EOI's Marilyn Watkins.
We are all fast-food workers now.
"The burden of high drug costs weighs most heavily on the sickest Americans." Accessing necessary health care and prescriptions shouldn't threaten an individual's economic wellbeing.
Washingtonians who’ve worked full time since January 1 have earned a full day of sick leave, something previously unavailable to too many residents outside of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane.
The only way to be sure that every child gets the benefit of having a parent at home and that every elder has loving family surrounding them in their last days, is through social insurance. - Economic Opportunity Institute Policy Director Marilyn Watkins
During the debate over President Donald Trump’s tax bill, to take a recent example, economists bickered over which side had more credibly calculated the economic effect. They did not, for the most part, argue about whether it was morally acceptable to pass a regressive tax reform after years of wage stagnation and rising inequality. To do so would strike many economists as entirely un-economist-like.
That so-called “pro-family” agenda of today’s Republican party? Not so much. Their latest idea: cannibalize Social Security to fund paid family leave, and have parents work longer into old age (or take lower benefits).
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Employers routinely violate minimum wage laws with little fear of getting caught. Even in states with robust labor departments, enforcement is lax. Washington failed to recover about $10 million in stolen wages in the last decade!
If the evolution of income inequality in every country remains on the same path it has been since 1980, the bottom half of the world’s population will draw only 9 percent of the world’s income by 2050. One-percenters at the top will reap 24 percent.
Her peers in Scandinavian countries have the benefit of paid time off for fathers as well as mothers. (Of the 35 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. is the only one without paid maternal leave.)