About 1.3 million working people in New York City have no paid sick leave, and pressure is mounting on employers to provide it. Local chambers of commerce estimate the cost would be in the billions; labor advocates argue that it is simply a matter of fairness—and the City Council has begun to move on legislation. In a society characterized by often inflexible work options and limited public spending on child care, can family policies in the workplace be improved?
Panelists include: * Sherry Leiwant, executive director of A Better Balance. * Sheebani Patel, staff attorney and organizer at Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York. * Nancy Ploeger, president and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. * Mary R. Watson, associate professor and chair of Management Programs at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.
The discussion will be moderated by Sharon Lerner, author of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation.
*Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall. 05/12/2010 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.