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Should your company help you get an abortion?

Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Today: How a Roe v. Wade spilled will change the relationship between tech companies and their employees, why Amazon’s new abortion travel allowance is more important than you think, and the latest stats on job seeker confidence.

— Michelle Ma, reporter (E-mail | Twitter)

The tech industry reacts

This week, it’s been hard to think of anything other than the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade: what this means for the future, for you, for your loved ones and for the communities where you live and work. For managers and business leaders, it also means thinking about how this could modify their responsibilities towards the employees who would be affected by such a decision.

Prior to Monday night’s news, the tech industry had already begun preparing for the erosion of abortion rights, efforts that I hope will begin to ramp up.

  • Amazon is the latest tech company to reimburse US employees for abortion-related travel costs, but the policy does not cover its 115,000 delivery drivers. And these are among the people who would be most affected by such a decision.
  • Apple, Yelp, Match Group, Citigroup and Bumble are other companies that have announced similar benefits to help employees pay for travel to access abortions.
  • Uber and Lyft also said they would pay legal fees for drivers who travel to abortion clinics in Texas. They’re also extending that benefit to drivers in Oklahoma, which just enacted its own Texas-style abortion ban on Tuesday.
  • Yelp and Bumble condemned the draft notice and reiterated their belief in a right to choose, according to my colleague Lizzy Lawrence’s report.

If Roe v. Wade is canceled, companies operating in states where abortion will be illegal will have a decision to make: stay or go? Thirteen states have “trigger laws” that would immediately ban abortion if Roe v. Wade was to be canceled.

  • These states include Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Utah. Some of the biggest tech companies with presences in these states include Paycom, Dell, HPE, Salesforce, and Ancestry.
  • In September, Selling power announced that it would help employees leave Texas after its anti-abortion law was passed.
  • Since the notice leaked, more and more companies have announced broader actions. by Figma The CEO said the company will “provide moving assistanceto employees who feel targeted or unsafe due to changes in state laws.
  • A corporate social responsibility expert told Protocol: “There are very few companies that can simply pack up and leave within a year … I think the threat is potentially all states could need to reconsider.

That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that many of these companies are also complicit in advancing anti-abortion legislation.

  • Amazon donated $974,718 to anti-abortion political committees, according to popular information. Since 2016, Google donated $525,702 to the same committees.
  • Moreover, as my colleague Ben Brody points out, “almost every decision they make could put them in the crosshairs of state governments – some of which are increasingly willing to punish big business for their social positions – or end up upsetting and harming their users and workers. And they will have to make those decisions soon.

It may seem cognitively dissonant that companies intervene in this way to help their employees access abortion. But many would argue that reproductive rights are essential to fairness in the workplace, because access to abortion is intrinsically linked to the role of women in economies and labor markets around the world. Ending this would erase decades of economic gains for half the workforce.

And in a country like the United States with no federally mandated paid maternity leave, high health care costs, no universal subsidized child care, and limited caregiver support, the burden borne by parents working is high, and so is the corresponding pressure on companies that care to retain those workers. It’s a high bar for everyone, and it’s a reflection of where our federal government has let us down.

Amazon to employees: Here’s $4,000 for an abortion trip

Amazon announced just hours before the Supreme Court’s draft ruling leaked that it would award employees an unusual new benefit: $4,000 to travel for out-of-state health care, including abortions. That’s a big deal, because Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the country, surpassed only by Walmart. My colleague Anna Kramer expanded on the details in her latest story. She points out that more than a million people work for Amazon in the United States, and the majority of them work in blue-collar, low-wage positions in its fulfillment centers and logistics networks. Meanwhile, abortion bans primarily affect health care for these same people, who are less likely to have the funds to travel to places where abortion remains legal.

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A MESSAGE FROM RINGCENTRAL

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Job seekers are still confident

ZipRecruiter has just released its first Job Seeker Confidence Index report, which measures how optimistic or pessimistic job seekers are about their chances of landing their dream job. According to the report, increased confidence indicates future growth in wages and labor market participation, while lower confidence means a bleaker outlook.

  • 44% of those looking to find a new position in the next six months already have at least one offer.
  • 50% of salaried job seekers expect their employer to make a counter-offer if they resign.
  • Despite their optimism, there has been a slight dip in job seekers’ confidence that they will find a better paying job and a job they love.

A MESSAGE FROM RINGCENTRAL

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