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Years ago, legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act received plenty of pushback from the business community. The typical narrative was that any such legislation was a “job killer.” And in recent years, politicians, with the implicit backing of companies, have introduced bills that would weaken those laws.
 
Now, it appears more business leaders realize that giving their employees time and space to take care of their families in times of need — without confronting economic hardship — is actually good for the bottom line.
 
This week, almost 200 companies signed a letter urging the U.S. Congress to support paid family leave in any federal economic recovery package. “We cannot emerge from this pandemic and remain one of only two countries in the world with no form of national paid leave,” they wrote. READ MORE
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FROM OUR NEWSROOM

Georgia Voter Suppression Bills Challenge Pro Sports Franchises to ‘Rise Up’
By Tina Casey
 
Georgia’s pro sports teams have so far skirted the ongoing voter suppression fray, but the fate of sports betting legislation may stir them into action.
As Evidence of Human Rights Abuses Against Uyghurs in China Mounts, Brands Are Still Silent
By Nithin Coca
 
Few companies are willing to speak about human rights violations against the mostly Muslim Uyghurs in China, even as allegations of such abuses, including torture and forced labor, continue to mount.
Crisis in Jackson Shows Why Water Investments Are Needed Now
By Kate Zerrenner
 
The water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, speaks to a legacy of racism that has led to the undervaluing, and lack of investment, in communities of color across the U.S.

TOMORROW: TAKING ON THE HOUSING CRISIS

As the U.S. housing crisis grows even more dire due to the COVID-19 pandemic, key stakeholders can support housing strategies that help ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.
 
Join Mary Mazzoni, 3p’s senior editor, tomorrow, March 25 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT as she sits down with Desiree Francis, Head of Community Finance at Capital One, to discuss how the pandemic has impacted renters and explore the challenges, complexities, and opportunities in financing affordable housing developments across the U.S. Join us and register for free HERE.

WHAT WE'RE READING

  • Today, March 24, is Equal Pay Day. It’s crucial to ensure women do not short-change themselves by not seeking the full pay raises they should be asking for and receiving. But in a new survey from Glassdoor and the Harris Poll, almost three out of four employed women (73 percent) didn’t ask for a pay raise during the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 58 percent of employed men.
  • New Federal Election Commission filings provide insight on several major corporations that made promises in January, after the U.S. Capitol Riots, to stop financially supporting members of Congress who tried to overturn the presidential election results. It turns out many broke their pledges in February, according to ongoing investigative reporting by independent journalist Judd Legum.
  • While apparel companies are speaking about sustainability more than ever before, an analysis from the watchdog group Business of Fashion (BoF) found actions are lagging behind public commitments, even among the industry’s largest and most highly resourced businesses.
  • According to a recent analysis by Just Capital, as of January 2021, less than 7 percent of America’s largest corporations disclosed the type of intersectional data on race, gender, and ethnicity that could be derived from Employment Information Reports (EEO–1): That’s a slight increase from December 2020, yet it’s an uptick of 27 more companies since December 2019.
  • Converse keeps experimenting with new, more sustainable materials. The brand’s Converse Renew line focuses on innovating around its iconic materials by taking on the challenge of — and finding solutions for — new products using post-consumer and post-industrial waste. Five new shoes are showcased here.
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