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The Affordable Care Act: A Family-Friendly Policy

Septermber 11, 2014

Business As Usual: New Jersey Employers’ Experiences with Family Leave Insurance

June 2014, Sharon Lerner and Eileen Appelbaum

Women, Working Families, and Unions

June 2014, Janelle Jones, John Schmitt, and Nicole Woo

Documenting the Need for a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program: Evidence from the 2012 FMLA Survey

June 2014, Helene Jorgensen and Eileen Appelbaum

A College Degree is No Guarantee

May 2014, Janelle Jones and John Schmitt

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Op-Eds & Columns

Obamacare and Family Values: Parents Get to Stay Home With Children

Dean Baker
Truthout, September 15, 2014

Conservatives Want Taxpayers to Subsidize Low-Wage Employers

Eileen Appelbaum
The Hill, September 11, 2014

The Inflation Fighters Want to Increase the Debt Burden on Our Children

Dean Baker
Truthout, September 8, 2014

Who's the Boss? FedEx, the Franchising Model and the Rights of Workers

Eileen Appelbaum
The Huffington Post, September 8, 2014

Labor Day Victories to Celebrate

Dean Baker
Truthout, September 1, 2014

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Events

Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave - Public Hearing

Good News on Paid Family Leave: Political and Practical Lessons from New Jersey and California

Department of Labor Regional Forums (San Francisco)

The Path to Full Employment: Making Jobs a National Priority (WDC)

The Path to Full Employment: Making Jobs a National Priority

Improving Tax Credits for New Mothers and Reducing Marriage Penalties for Low-Income Americans

NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon

Rethinking the Economics of Pensions II

Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People (Book Discussion)

50 Years Since the War on Poverty: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Press Releases

The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employment: A Family-Friendly Policy

For Immediate Release: September 11, 2014
Contact: Alan Barber, (202) 293-5380 x115

Washington DC - A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) provides details on an interesting trend in part-time employment over the last year. In the months leading up to the opening of the ACA exchanges, some critics argued that the law would increase involuntary part-time employment. The rationale most often suggested was that employers would cut back workers’ hours to less than 30 per week to avoid penalties associated with not providing insurance under the ACA. However, involuntary part-time employment been trending downward throughout the recovery.

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Voluntary part-time employment, though, did increase in the first six months of 2014 compared to the first six months of 2013. The paper gives a breakdown of the distribution of part-time employment by age, gender, and whether or not the household has children. The data show that the biggest increase in voluntary part-time employment is for young people with children. This would be consistent with a story where many workers who previously needed to work full-time to get health care insurance at their job are taking the option of buying insurance on the exchanges and working part-time jobs in order to have more time to be with young children.

This ending of job lock was an important goal of the ACA . This evidence in this paper indicates that workers are beginning to take advantage of the freedom from not being dependent on a job for their family’s health care insurance.

The full paper can be found here.

Pay-Cut Clock Documents Billions of Dollars Lost by Minimum-Wage Workers

July, 24, 2014

Unions Boost Women’s Earnings, Benefits, and Workplace Flexibility

June 18, 2014

Federal Paid Leave Policy Could Allow Millions of Working Americans Access to Much Needed Family and Medical Leave

June 16, 2014

Black Recent Grads Hardest Hit by the Great Recession

May 20,2014

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Testimony

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Self-Employment

March 6,2014, Dean Baker's testimony at the hearing on "Obamacare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?"

Testimony on “The Importance of Social Security for Sustaining Living Standards in Retirement”

December 18, 2013, Dean Baker's testimony at the hearing on "The Role of Social Security, Defined Benefits, and Private Retirement Accounts in the Face of the Retirement Crisis

Presentation to Florida’s Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force

November 19, 2013, Eileen Appelbaum and Teresa Kroeger Present to Florida’s Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force in Tallahassee, Florida

Testimony on Return Assumptions on New Mexico Pension Plans

January 23, 2013, Joint Session of the Labor and Education Committees New Mexico State Legislature

Comments on Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service
February 22, 2012, U.S. Department of Labor

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Other Resources

Neoliberalism, Globalization, and Inequalities: Consequences for Health and Quality of Life


Neoliberalism, Globalization, and Inequalities: Consequences for Health and Quality of Life

with chapters by John Schmitt, Ben Zipperer, Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker and David Rosnick Baywood Publishing Co. (2007)

The Causes of Economic Hardships for the Middle Class
Dean Bakers testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, January 31, 2007

CEPR Economics Seminar Series
Audio and video files of ten CEPR lectures on economic issues

 

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Bridging the Gaps
CEPR is teaming up with state and national groups to document the persistent gaps between low-income working families basic needs and the resources available to them.

 

 

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Services and Employment:
Explaining the U.S.-European Gap
with two chapters co-authored by John Schmitt
Princeton University Press (2007)

Flat World, Big Gaps

Flat World, Big Gaps:
with a chapter by Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, and David Rosnick, and a chapter co-authored by Heather Boushey
(forthcoming in May 2007)

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