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What Cities or States Have Paid Sick Leave?

There is no Federal law for sick leave. (To remedy that situation, the Healthy Families Act was introduced into both houses of Congress. The odds of it passing are slim to none.) In fact, ” The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation.”(No-Vacation Nation Revisited, 1.)

And as far as requiring paid sick leave, that is left up to state or local entities. Jersey City is one of the few cities to have a paid sick leave mandate – Earned Sick Time Ordinance; Newark also recently passed its own legislation, the eighth ordinance in the country. (Since that time, two more cities – Eugene and San Diego have passed paid sick leave laws.) Only Connecticut has passed a state-wide paid sick leave law. Campaigns are underway across the country at both local and state levels to push through this protection; here is the proposed legislation for New Jersey. and please peruse this very informative piece from NJ Spotlight: Does Paid Sick Leave Have Healthy Chance of Approval in New Jersey? For some statistics, please look at: Paid leave in private industry over the past 20 years from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

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New Jersey’s Pension Fund Ranks 34th in the World’s Top 300

For those interested in such things, the Towers Watson The world’s 300 largest pension funds – year end 2013 report has New Jersey in the upper ranks as far as assets are concerned.

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Economic Crisis – August 2014 Update

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Economic Crisis – July 2014 Update

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Economic Crisis – June 2014 Update

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The World’s Largest Book Publishers 2014

Accompanied by charts, statistics, and analysis, The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014, traces the changing dynamics of the top ten publishers along with a look at the book industries in Brazil and China. It shows how the STM market is a real driving force in the profitability of certain publishers. Compare with:  The World’s 56 Largest Book Publishers 2014 from Publishers Weekly; and EBook Publisher Power Rankings, First Quarter 2014.

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Country Economic Appraisals – “OECD Economic Surveys”

“An Economic Survey is published every two years for each OECD member country and for some countries that are not OECD members, such as China, Russia and Brazil. There is also a separate Survey of the euro area.”(Introduction) Since the U.S. is part of the OECD, it is also reviewed every two years; the 2014 edition of the OECD Economic Survey of the United States has just been published. It is written according to a standardized structure – each survey starts off with an executive summary, followed by assessments and recommendations that are in turn followed up by thematic chapters. All of these writings are supplemented with numerous charts, tables, and data, some historical in nature. For those who do not want to read the entire U.S. report, there is a briefer overview online as well. Here is a list of the countries scrutinized; following each country’s link will bring you to overviews,  past reports, and the ability to read the latest reports online (For every country, you will see a link to “Online Bookstore.” Click on that link and you will then see a highlighted “look inside” button that will lead you to the latest report.) What recommendations/assessments does the OECD have for this country? Here they are: “The economy is recovering; structural reforms, including comprehensive tax reform, can boost long-term growth; financial reform should be rolled out fully; labour market reform can boost employment; Americans are generally happy, although working families face rising pressures; making the best of new energy resources.” (Overview 6)

 

 

 

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