Jun 6, 2017

U.S. workers hopeful to finally secure paid family leave

Workers in the U.S. could finally win a prized benefit enjoyed by citizens of every other wealthy country in the world: mandatory paid parental leave.

The Trump Administration has embraced the idea that federal government should mandate six weeks of paid leave — a move that contradicts decades of Republican orthodoxy. And workers interviewed Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal are welcoming the prospect with open arms.Tiffani Hyltonfell, who was forced to take unpaid leave from her job at Walmart last year after becoming a new mother said, "Six weeks fully paid, that would have saved me months of stress. It would have kept us from being stuck in extra debt for months on end, worrying about how we were going to pay for food and diapers."

Why it matters: It's inconceivable that such a measure, which the administration says will cost $19 billion over ten years, would have gotten any Republican support without the president's championing.

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Exclusive: Global trust in the tech industry is slipping

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The backlash against Big Tech has long flourished among pundits and policymakers, but a new survey suggests it's beginning to show up in popular opinion as well.

Driving the news: New data from Edelman out Tuesday finds that trust in tech companies is declining and that people trust cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence less than they do the industry overall.

"It was 30 years ago, get over it": Mike Bloomberg's partner brushes off NDA concerns

Diana Taylor at a Mike Bloomberg event last month. Photo: Ron Adar/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Diana Taylor, Mike Bloomberg's longtime partner, dismissed the concerns surrounding non-disclosure agreements used at his company, Bloomberg LP, telling CBS News that she would say to those bothered by the allegations, "It was 30 years ago, get over it."

Why it matters: Democratic candidates have used the NDAs as a talking point against Bloomberg, calling on him to allow women to speak about the reported sexual harassment and gender discrimination they faced while working for him.

Trump's opportunity to use Bernie as an economic scapegoat

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Zach Gibson/Stringer, The Washington Post/Getty Contributor

Bernie Sanders is poised to become an economic scapegoat for both the White House and Corporate America, assuming that Sanders comes through Super Tuesday unscathed.

The big picture: If the U.S. economy remains strong, President Trump and CEOs will claim credit (as they've been doing for three years). If it turns sour, they'll blame Bernie (even though it's a largely baseless charge).