The Daily Rundown: Caterpillar and the Coffee Shop

Today, Nevada makes paid time off a requirement, a coffee shop squares off with Caterpillar, and work-life issues don’t end when maternity leave does.

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Today, Nevada makes paid time off a requirement, a coffee shop squares off with Caterpillar, and work-life issues don’t end when maternity leave does.

Nevada Makes Paid Time Off a Requirement

Under a new law signed by Nevada’s governor, employers with 50 or more employees will be required to provide paid time off to workers. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

Nevada recently also forbid employers from denying employment based on a failed screening for marijuana.

The Number: 0.01923. Under the new legislation, employees are entitled to 0.01923 hours paid leave for every hour worked. That equals 40 hours of PTO for 52 weeks of work.

The Quote: Working Nevadans across the state will wake up the morning of June 4, 2019, better off than they were the day before because of the historic measures we passed this legislative session.

Caterpillar Inc. Takes On California Coffee Shop

The massive heavy-duty machinery manufacturer, Caterpillar, has asked the US Trademark Office to deny a copyright registration to Cat & Cloud, a Santa Cruz, Calif. Coffee shop. The concern is reportedly over the coffee shop’s desire to use the word cat in apparel. The coffee shop started a GoFundMe campaign to try and battle Caterpillar.

The Number: $71.47 billion. Caterpillar’s current market cap is $71.47 million.

The Quote: “We are not suing Cat & Cloud, not targeting a small business and not focused on Cat & Cloud’s primary interest: coffee. We’ve simply asked the U.S. Trademark Office to remove Cat & Cloud’s trademark registration on footwear and apparel only, products for which Caterpillar has longstanding trademarks and a considerable business.

Work-Life Issues Continue After Maternity Leave

The New York Times penned an article on the issues that working parents still face after maternity leave passes. Among the challenges working parents face after the birth of the child are bonding with kids and scheduling. The author suggests flexible work arrangements might be key to helping parents find a balance.

The Number: 42%. Forty-two percent of working mothers said they reduced their work hours for care-taking responsibilities.

The Quote:The best flex policies are reason-blind, which allows anyone with a caregiving need of any kind at any age to get their job done in the most productive way possible for their jobs in a culture that’s set up circa 1965.”

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