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Trump Administration Will Allow Small Businesses to Deny Workers Paid Leave in Coronavirus Crisis

More than 75% of American workers are at companies that qualify for exemptions from providing paid leave, effectively gutting the law’s effectiveness.

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Did Britney Spears Just Call for a General Strike on Instagram?

Hinting further that she may hold radical politics, Spears signed off her caption with three rose emojis, the official symbol of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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Republicans Reject Democrats’ Bill to Guarantee Free Coronavirus Testing and Sick Leave

The proposals introduced Wednesday seek to provide some relief to predominantly hourly and low-wage workers.

Low-wage workers who are sick don't have access to paid leave.
Coronavirus Is Spreading and 32 Million Workers Don’t Have Paid Sick Leave

While some companies have stepped up to protect its workers, a Senate bill that would have required employers to give workers paid leave in a public health emergency was blocked.

House Passes Major Union Bill Following Rep. Golden’s Push

"Landmark bill" to empower the nation’s workers would expand labor unions’ negotiating power, provide new protections for unions and workers, and stiffen penalties for companies that violate workers’ rights.

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700,000 Americans Could Lose Food Stamps in April. We Spoke to One of Them.

Because of physical and mental health issues, Damon Smith depends on SNAP to survive. His benefits are now at risk because of a new Trump administration rule.

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We Did the Math. It’s Nearly Impossible to Survive on Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania.

The hourly wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 since 2009. Gov. Tom Wolf is working to change that, despite opposition from state Republicans.