Group unveils updated California Women’s Well-Being Index

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As desperate Californians sought help with unemployment insurance claims over the summer, hundreds of employees who could fix their problems were missing work under a state-imposed leave program, according to payroll data.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature instituted a furlough-like leave program for all state civil service employees in July to help address a projected $54 billion deficit caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The leave program generally reduces workers’ pay in exchange for two days off per month.

The furloughs hit the Employment Development Department as its workforce, facing a historic

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Women’s Financial Wellbeing Requires a Tailored Approach

By Marguerita Cheng

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Women's Financial Wellbeing Requires a Tailored Approach

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Women’s Financial Wellbeing Requires a Tailored Approach

Two decades after the Food & Drug Administration started receiving complaints that Ambien and other sleep aids made women taking them particularly groggy the next morning, and even might have been responsible for driving accidents, the agency accepted and responded to the scientific evidence behind the anecdotes. It turns out that women’s bodies simply metabolized the active ingredient, zolpidem, in all these sleep aids much more slowly than men did. In 2013, the FDA finally acted, slashing the recommended dosage of these medications in half for women.


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Medicine isn’t the only field where attitudes that what is “good for the goose is good for the gander” still prevail. Equality is a wonderful goal, whether it’s a good night’s sleep or retirement security. How women reach those equal outcomes, however, may require taking a different pathway, whether

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Wellbeing expert Liz Earle shares her top mid-life beauty tips

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