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Today, a small business throws in the cocoa beans, small business in NYC take on the mayor, and Connecticut extends paid leave.
For 12 years, Colin Gasko made highly-praised gourmet chocolate bars under the Rogue Chocolatier brand. But now he wants to shut it down. Frustrated with the business model, he’s started a GoFundMe to help raise funds to actually divest himself and transfer ownership to a person or group closer to the cocoa farmers that supply him.
The Number: $75,000. Gasko is seeking $75,000 in crowdfunding to help divest himself of the craft brand he built from scratch.
The Quote: “I cannot justify any longer driving 40,000 miles a year [driving my daughter to school] because I can’t afford housing in order to make fancy chocolate bars that get shipped by air mail around the U.S. It has a minimal positive social impact, and tremendous material and energy-footprint impacts for the properties of the product.”
New York City Mayor (and Democratic presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio wants to pass legislation that would require businesses with 10 or more employees to offer 10 paid personal days on top of mandatory sick leave and family leave. But in a survey of small business owners, the majority said they couldn’t afford to offer more leave and that they would need to slash jobs to make up the difference.
The Number: 90%. Ninety percent of the respondents of the survey opposed the proposal by the mayor.
The Quote: “If Mayor de Blasio believes it’s a moral imperative that every worker in New York City is entitled to two weeks’ paid vacation on top of the one week of paid sick leave and paid family leave they get from the state, then the city should help fund it.”
Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut signed a bill into law that provides up to 12 days of paid leave for workers with an illness or to care for a family member.
The Number: 1.4 million. In Connecticut, 1.4 million workers will be able to participate in the program.
The Quote: “[This bill] means you can now take the time you need to care for a sick child, to care for a new child and do what you’ve got to do and you don’t need to choose between a job and someone you love.”
Grief is hard to talk about work. But time off for workers going through grief should be an easy process. Check out this guide to bereavement leave policies.