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Japan’s Health Ministry Panel Proposes 100% Paternity Leave

Japan’s health ministry panel has recommended a significant enhancement to the country’s paternity leave benefits to encourage parents, especially fathers, to take more paid leave and spend more time with early child care. The proposed plan, announced Monday, is set to increase
November 14, 2023
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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act: 2023 Updates

Why it matters: Massachusetts is updating its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA). This overhaul brings significant changes. These will affect both employers and employees. The modifications range from the expansion of benefits to adjustments in contribution rates. What’s new: Massachusetts
October 13, 2023
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UK Housing: Prices Fall, Affordability Unchanged, Promises Made

Highlights: Key Figures: Deep Dive: Even as UK housing prices continue to tumble, housing affordability is still a primary concern for potential buyers. A recent Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) report underscores this issue. Despite lower housing prices, other factors like lack
October 12, 2023
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AB 309: Newsom Vetoes Social Housing Bill in California

The California Legislature proposed a solution to the state’s severe housing problem. More than two in five households in California spend over 30% of their income on housing. Assemblymember Alex Lee introduced AB 309, a bill named the “Social Housing Act”, which was
October 8, 2023
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China’s Declining Birth Rates: Maternity Wards Are Closing

What’s happening Several hospitals in China have closed or downsized their obstetrics units. This has reignited worries about China’s declining birth rates. Why it matters In 2022, China saw only 9.56 million births. This is nearly a 10% decline from 2021. Predictions
October 7, 2023
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Gavin Newsom Veto Strikers’ Unemployment Bill (SB-799)

California’s workers on strike have encountered another challenge. On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB-799 to provide these workers with unemployment checks. This comes on the heels of significant work stoppages in industries that have long been criticized for underpaying and mistreating
October 1, 2023
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Canada’s Birth Rates at 17 year low

In 2022, births across the country dipped to a startling 17-year low, influenced by the pandemic and an ongoing trend of declining fertility, according to a fresh report from Statistics Canada. By the numbers: Canada saw 351,679 births in 2022, a 5%
September 29, 2023