January took forever and February flew. Just like that, the second month of 2018 is over. Below are a few of the topics in employment and politics that made news in the shortest month of the year.
The FMLA turned 25…and had a quarter life crisis
On Feb. 5th, 1993 the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gave employees job protection to care for sick family members, was enacted. Some of the questions coming up around its birthday are:
- Should that time off should be paid? It’s up for debate, but at least two Trumps and a Rubio say yes.
- Who qualifies as a family member? Austin’s guidelines leave room for interpretation.
- Does it go far enough to protect everyone, including low wage workers? And what about parents?
- Will the Koch brothers and cronies be able to win the fight against the aforementioned FMLA expansions?
People got sick…or at least sick of work
Interns and ballers said “Show me the money!”
As Vogue took criticism for unpaid internships, Carmelo Anthony and others called the NCAA corrupt. It all brings up the bigger question: is it time to classify internships and treat college athletes like employees?
It was quite a month in employment. What stories caught your eye?
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