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Employers open up to benefits that support menopausal workers

Nov 6, 2023
Menopause-specific benefits such as flexible time off, counseling and hormone therapy are becoming more popular among employers.
Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes can affect how women perform in all sorts of work environments.
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Why "grandternity" leave might become the newest form of parental leave

Aug 1, 2023
Are you a working grandparent who wants time off to spend with the grandkids? That benefit could be coming to a company near you.
"For employees who are going to be grandparents, whether it's their first grandchild or their 10th grandchild, they get paid time off," said Tara Weiss of The Wall Street Journal.
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Student debt help could be a new worker perk with loan payments resuming soon

Jun 16, 2023
It’s still a relatively rare benefit: About 8% of employers in the country offer help with student loan debt.
Employers who offer some sort of benefit that helps workers with student debt see it as part of competing for talent in a tight job market.
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What will new welfare work requirements mean for recipients?

New work requirements on welfare were part of the debt ceiling deal. How might they affect benefit recipients?
The new work requirements in the debt ceiling deal may negatively impact older people's access to food aid and other benefits, says "The Uncertain Hour" host Krissy Clark.
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All those people quitting jobs, where are they going?

Oct 28, 2021
Many flee stressful and unpredictable jobs and seek admin, communications and tech jobs — especially jobs that can be done remotely.
As people continue to leave demanding industries, competition is fierce for comfortable, work-from-home jobs.
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2-tiered wage systems test today's labor relations

Oct 18, 2021
In the 1980s, some companies paid new workers less than current workers. Now, employers are trying that system during a labor shortage.
A striking worker pickets a John Deere facility in Davenport, Iowa. The current labor shortage is making it harder to pay new workers less than those already employed.
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As demand for mental health care spikes, parity with physical care remains elusive

Jun 29, 2021
The law requires insurance “parity” for mental and physical care, but it’s often harder to find a therapist than a physician.
Finding a professional to provide psychological care can be more difficult than accessing other health services.
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Unemployment benefits are all over the map

Aug 27, 2020
So we created an interactive map of unemployment benefits and average rent across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A sign at a gas station tells customers it is closed. Unemployment has reached alarming levels in the United States.
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Risk of deepening hunger crisis as SNAP exemption expires

Aug 11, 2020
When the pandemic began, the federal government made it easier for states to approve people for SNAP, but that flexibility is ending this month, raising concerns that more people will go hungry.
There is likely to be another big spike in SNAP enrollment now that Washington has let federal unemployment benefits expire.
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Some contractors worry California’s AB 5 will limit their flexibility

Sep 11, 2019
Advocates say it will provide vital benefits to misclassified workers. But drivers, nail technicians and other gig workers don't want to endanger their ability to set their own hours.
Under the new California bill, nail salons would have to classify their technicians as employees. Above, a nail salon in San Francisco.
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