*SMLR-Net: Selected news on labor and employment relations & human resource management*
*May 18, 2021*
*Title:* As Families Struggle, Some States Lead the Way on Childcare, Paid Leave
*Source:* The Laconia Daily Sun
*Author:* Kelly Burch
*Date:* May 14, 2021
*Summary:* Vermont and New Jersey are at the forefront of policies designed to benefit working families and the economy.
*Title:* How District Attorneys and State Attorneys General are Fighting Workplace Abuses
*Source:* Economic Policy Institute
*Author:* Terri Gerstein
*Date:* May 17, 2021
*Summary:* Increasingly, district attorneys, state attorneys general, and other criminal prosecutors are bringing charges against employers for wage theft, misclassification and payroll fraud, workplace safety hazards, sexual assault, and human trafficking, among other crimes against workers. This development represents a shift, because historically, crimes against workers have not generally been prosecuted.
*Title:* Overwork Killed More than 745,000 People in a Year, WHO Study Finds
*Author:* Bill Chappell
*Date:* May 17, 2021
*Summary:* Working long hours poses an occupational health risk that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, the World Health Organization says. People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to people following the widely accepted standard of working 35 to 40 hours in a week, the WHO says in a study that was published Monday in the journal *Environment International*.
*Title:* For Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers During COVID, Discrimination is its Own Epidemic
*Source:* The New York Times
*Author:* Vivian Wang
*Date:* May 18, 2021
*Summary:* The government has repeatedly singled out the city’s poor migrant workers as “high risk” for the coronavirus, though actual infection rates are low.
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