Center for Women and Work - Announcements

"Momentum is growing in N.J. to require paid sick time" 
By CWW's Danielle Lindemann and Jon Whiten, deputy director at New Jersey Policy Perspective
Published in Times of Trenton on December 4, 2013
According to the authors, "earned sick leave policies provide benefits not only for employees, but also for their employers and surrounding communities, while having no adverse consequence on the economy.Click here to read this op-ed

It’s Catching: Public Opinion toward Paid Sick Days in New Jersey
As New Jersey’s policymakers consider establishing a minimum standard for paid sick days, the Center for Women and Work (CWW) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey has released an issue brief on the subject that finds an overwhelming majority (83 percent) of state residents of all political affiliations support paid sick day policies.

Policy in Action: New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program at Age Three

Employing data from New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, researchers assessed public awareness of New Jersey’s family leave insurance program and the law’s implementation and usage. Study authors include Karen White, director, CWW’s Working Families Program, Rutgers University; Linda Houser, CWW affiliate fellow and assistant professor, Widener University; and Elizabeth Nisbet, CWW post-doctoral associate.

Watch as CWW's Karen White discusses the benefits of Paid Family Leave Insurance on The NJ Foundation for Aging's TV Show, Aging Insights. Karen White comes in at 12:15.


A CWW study by Linda Houser and Karen White looks at the awareness of New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance (FLI) Program.

CWW Welcomes New Director
Dr. Dana Britton, who began her appointment on July 1, 2012, is an esteemed scholar of gender and work, who has focused her professional career on women's advancement in the workplace. Her leadership and experience complements CWW’s mission as an innovative leader in research and programs that promote gender equity, a high-skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all.

CWW Report: Giving Voice to New Jersey's Caregivers: The Union Experiences of Home-Based Child Care Providers
A new study released by the Center for Women and Work (CWW) at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University describes how home-based workers have fared three years after unionization and only four years after they gained the right to organize.

A Higher Mininum Wage Would Benefit Working Women, Their Families and All New Jerseyans (UPDATED - October 2012)
This fact sheet by the Center for Women and Work and the National Women's Law Center describes how the current minimum wage level affects women in New Jersey and their families.

CWW's Report, Policy Matters, Finds That Public Policies Increase Workers' Access To Paid Parental Leave, Linked to Less Reliance on Public Assistance
The report concludes that paid leave policies can be viewed as proactive public investments in the health and well-being of children and families in the United States. It also presents an important analysis for policymakers concerned both with the economic security of families and the economic position of the United States.

Rutgers Report Calls for Policy Changes, Remove Obstacles For Those Who Never Finished College
Inexpensive policy changes can enable the state’s agencies and colleges to improve college completion rates in the state and simultaneously meet workforce goals, according to a new report, Close, but No Degree, released by the Center for Women and Work (CWW) at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University on Thursday, March 22, 2012. ... read more.

NAWB Joins CWW's College Completion Effort
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and the Rutgers University Center for Women and Work (CWW) are joining forces to explore ways to help workforce development clients complete college degrees.CWW has launched a multi-state initiative to leverage existing resources in order to identify adults close to finishing a degree and help them earn the remaining credits they need. ... read more

"Pay Matters: The Positive Economic Impacts of Paid Family Leave for Families, Businesses, and the Public" analyzes data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 to 2009 and finds that women who take paid leave after a child's birth report stronger labor force attachment and positive changes in wages in the year following a child's birth, when compared to those who do not take any leave. The study also finds that women who take paid leave are less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps than those who do not take any leave. Click here to get a copy of the report.