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Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder: Creating Value by Investing in Your Workforce by Jody Heymann

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Finding Ways to Make Scheduling Flexibility Feasible and Profitable

DESPITE THEIR PROVEN IMPORTANCE to the health and well-being of workers and their families, work-related benefits such as paid sick leave, paid leave to care for family members, and scheduling flexibility are not always guaranteed, even in rich nations. In 2007, over 40 percent of workers in the United States lacked access to paid sick leave, while less than 10 percent had access to paid leave to care for family members. 1 Although the least-advantaged workers stand to benefit from these conditions the most, they consistently have less access to leave and flexibility than high-income workers. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006 only 45 percent ...

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