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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “RI business community launches pre-emptive attack on fair scheduling”

  1. Jonathan Jacobs

    One issue that I will address, specifically, with regard to fair scheduling, is that of the “catch 22″ for subsidized child care. In order for the State to subsidize the cost of child care, an employee must work twenty (20) or more hours per week. If an employee works less than that, he or she or they risks losing the security of child care. Therefore, if an employer chooses to schedule an employee 16-19 hours per week and does not offer accommodation to work those hours during hours when child care is required, the claimant is left with no option but to leave the job altogether.

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