Study: California Best States for Laws to Help Working Parents

Parents (and expecting parents) who balance jobs to raise small kids are faring better in California than anywhere else in the country, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, which recently released the fourth edition of an 81-page study measuring family benefits. Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents gauges how states have or have not exceeded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of workplace protections for new parents that took effect in 1993.

New survey Reports Uber Drivers Investing Big in the Company But Get Little Stability

Don Creery had been driving for Uber in Seattle for several months when in May 2014 the clutch wore out on his Kia Soul. A former music teacher, Creery had enjoyed his work for Uber and said he made enough to live comfortably. So, anticipating much more driving in the future, he took out a $10,000 loan to purchase a brand new Soul with an automatic transmission—a smart investment, he judged, for his career as an Uber driver.

Nashville Voted to Give Poor People, Locals New Construction Jobs. The State GOP Blocked It.

Last summer, with the backing of regional labor leaders and community groups, the city of Nashville approved an ordinance requiring large, municipally funded construction projects to devote 10 percent of their hiring to low-income residents. The ballot initiative, which also stipulated that 40 percent of such hires should reside in Nashville’s Davidson County, came amid an historic surge in building projects in the city’s downtown area.

Private Infrastructure Contracting May Be a Quick Fix, But Does it Create Lasting Jobs

“Infrastructure” is the Rorschach blot of budget politics, a catch-all for “build stuff” that can be touted as a magic bullet or dismissed as a liberal pork-laden boondoggle. But it’s not impossible to set some ground rules for steering clear of the perennial bridge to nowhere. Click here to read the rest of this article.

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