Anna Steffeney had a year off when she had her first son in Germany, but not when she had her second son in the U.S.  (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)
Anna Steffeney had a year off when she had her first son in Germany, but not when she had her second son in the U.S. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Family paid leave

Washington state’s new parental leave law could change the workplace for moms — and dads

Washington state’s recently passed parental-leave law could help women stay in the workforce. And — by extending paid leave to fathers as well as mothers — proponents hope it will also shift attitudes more broadly about women at work, as similar policies have done in Germany.

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Microsoft, Starbucks among businesses asking Supreme Court to take gay rights case

The 76 businesses and organizations — including American Airlines, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Starbucks and Microsoft — filed a brief Wednesday encouraging the high court to take up the issue of whether a federal law covers discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation.

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The Motley Fool: Useful tips on investing

Cash for crash? Q: I’m considering selling my stocks and keeping the cash in case the market crashes so I can grab some bargains. Is that a good idea? A: If you sell your stocks and the market does crash, you will have acted brilliantly. But what if the market keeps rising for a good...

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Walker hopes to win over skeptical lawmakers on tax proposal

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As Alaska lawmakers prepare for their fourth special session of the year, Gov. Bill Walker says he wouldn't have gone through the hassle and expense of calling it if he didn't expect legislators to pass the bills on his agenda. But Walker faces an uphill battle in selling skeptical senators on...