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DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

"I sometimes imagine how my life would be different if my mom had the option of paid family leave," says Travis. The District of Columbia resident was born prematurely. Because his mother could not get the time off from work to make necessary hospital visits to care for her fragile son, "She had to give me up to be raised in Florida by other family members."

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Know Your Rights: State Laws on Employee Time Off to Vote

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Federal law does not require that employers allow their workers time off to vote, but the majority of states have at least some level of protection for employees who want to leave work to engage in their civic duty. The specifics vary by state, but in each state, the rules apply to almost every type of workplace. Employers are required to know the laws and to provide adequate accommodations according to the rules of that state. Though many states allow employees to have up to three hours off during the time the polls are open (the number of hours varies by state), nearly all of the states allow employers to refuse time off to vote.

Check out your state after the jump. 

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Working Families Guide to Important State Ballot Measures This Election

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This election isn’t only about choosing elected leaders to represent working families in the White House, Congress, state legislatures and at the municipal level; there are also measures on the ballot on Election Day in several states. Many of the issues on the ballot will have a significant impact on the lives of working families, and it's important that voters don't look past these on Election Day.

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In Missouri, Make Sure to Vote No on Amendment 6

In Missouri, Make Sure to Vote No on Amendment 6

While it seems like the presidential election is dominating the news, social media, interpersonal conversations and pretty much everything else these days, it's important to keep in mind that there are other elections and numerous state and local ballot initiatives to vote for this year, too. One of the most extreme and dangerous ballot initiatives comes from Missouri. Here's why you should vote "no" on Missouri's Amendment 6.

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Carrier Case Shows Why Rep. Young Is Bad for Indiana

A new video from AFSCME People takes a look at the damage done to real working people when the Carrier Corp. shipped jobs from Indiana to Mexico. And it shows the role that Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) played in the process. Young, who took nearly $20,000 from Carrier executives in campaign contributions, sided against workers and with those same executives. Watch the video to see how Young's support affected Frank Staples of Indianapolis.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.

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From LA with Love: The Time When Justice Trumped Business

From LA with Love: The Time When Justice Trumped Business

July 2016 is an important month in the history of the city of Los Angeles. That history is one of a pro-business city, where a trajectory of unbridled capitalism, as well as contemporary expectations of how the economy should work, did not point to success in implementing what became one of the most impactful minimum wage and wage-enforcement ordinances across the country. July 2016 is a month when, against great obstacles, justice trumped business.

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