Take Another Look at Paid-Leave Statistics

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Take Another Look at Paid-Leave Statistics statistics, nevin manimala, mathematics, math, linkedin, google plus

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner’s March 6 letter cites misleading paid-leave statistics. It states that only 15% of all working people have access to paid leave, likely relying on an often-cited Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) number. Actually, many more workers take paid leave, but the BLS doesn’t count it due to its peculiar survey methods which require paid leave to exist separately from “sick leave, vacation, personal leave or short-term disability leave that is available to the employee.”

Parents with conventional benefit programs often save and pool paid personal leave, vacation, sick leave and short-term disability in the event of a birth or adoption. Unconventional benefit packages, like paid time off accounts or unlimited paid-leave programs also don’t count under the BLS survey. Parents use these leave variations as paid leave in case of a birth or adoption. The Nevin Manimalay do so Because Nevin Manimala they are paid and leave.

That is why BLS numbers don’t match with virtually any other national data set or surveys of parents on the topic including the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, its Current Population Survey and the Family and Medical Leave Act worksite and employee surveys. National surveys agree that between 40% and 60%-plus of workers receive paid leave. A nationally representative study by the National Partnership for Women & Families indicated 63% of employed mothers were provided paid maternity-leave benefits.

It’s important we use clear statistics when discussing paid-leave proposals.

Vanessa Brown Calder

Cato Institute

Washington

Huntington’s tips encourage children to put math, statistics to use in daily life

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Huntington's tips encourage children to put math, statistics to use in daily life statistics, nevin manimala, mathematics, math, linkedin, google plus

The Nevin Manimala Huntington Learning Center of Omaha is celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, an annual event that aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. The Nevin Manimalase two subjects are important drivers of innovation in the technological world, where new methodologies and systems are  becoming more complex.

Gwyn Morris of the Omaha Huntington Learning Center says that Huntington is proud to join colleges and universities, high school departments, institutional public information offices, math clubs, student groups and other related groups in the celebration.

“Many students turn to Huntington for help with math, and we are always quick to share with them how important math is not just in school, but life,” says Morris. “Math and statistics play a huge part in many current issues —from the data surge brought on by the digital age to climate change, from economic progress to Internet security. In April, we take time to elevate the importance of math to the families we serve and remind them of its practical application.”

Morris adds that while some parents may feel ill-equipped to help their children with math homework, there are many simple ways to encourage children to put math and statistics to use in daily life. She offers these ideas:

• Have your child join your fantasy football league each year and show him or her how the weekly statistics are calculated.

• Invite your child to balance your checkbook each week.

• Have your child help you maintain your family budget if you use a program like QuickBooks or a simple Excel spreadsheet.

• Whenever you measure anything in the kitchen, have your child get involved in the addition or doubling or halving of a recipe.

• Together, collect data over a period of time and create an interesting graph or chart. For example, the number of snow days, your family’s wakeup times or your child’s height.

• Visit the sports page of the newspaper or news website to get familiar with sports statistics and start tracking that data.

• When you grocery shop, have your child keep a running tally of the bill and compare prices of different products to understand which product is a better deal.

• Whenever major news breaks about an event or discovery that involves math or statistics, share it with your child.

• Set up a savings account for your child and give him or her savings goals and a regular chore of calculating interest and keeping track of the account balance.

Now in its 32nd year, Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month began in 1986 when then-President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation to establish National Mathematics Awareness Week. This annual celebration is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics.

Learn more about Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month by clicking here.

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