– Refinery 29
Yum! Brands, the parent company of fast food restaurants such as KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, announced today that they’re expanding their paid parental leave policy. Yum! is now offering mothers who give birth a total of 18 weeks of fully paid time away from work – and they’re not the only ones reaping the benefits of the new expanded policy. Fathers, partners, and adoptive or foster parents will also be entitled to take six weeks of fully paid “baby bonding” time.
– In These Times
Labor departments under Republican administrations have historically not focused on aggressive enforcement of wage and hour and workplace safety laws, and the department under Donald Trump isn’t expected to be any different. To fill that vacuum, a coalition of worker advocates in Chicago is calling on the city to establish an office of labor standards that would be charged with enforcing the city’s new labor laws including Chicago’s minimum wage, scheduled to hit $13 an hour by 2019, its paid sick leave policy, set to take effect in July, and its anti-wage theft ordinance that can rescind an employer’s business license if that employer is found guilty of stealing pay.
– USA Today
More Americans are switching to different industries, and sometimes even careers, when they change jobs in a sign that the tight labor market is giving workers more leverage with employers. With the unemployment rate near a 10-year low at 4.8%, many employers are struggling to find job candidates and are being far less selective.
When it comes to putting big projects together, there’s generally much greater cooperation these days at the local level than there was a generation or two ago. Maybe that’s one reason why American politics has become so polarized. That may sound like a leap in logic, but sociologist Josh Pacewicz lays out an intriguing case in his book Partisans and Partners. In the old days, politics was used as a tool by local actors concerned with the broader health of the community, he writes, but now that ground has largely been ceded to activists.