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Strong Support for Paid Sick Days Continues

Progress in San Diego and Eugene provide further evidence of strong support for paid sick days. 

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Another Unacceptable Equal Pay Day

July 20, 2014 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

The gender-based wage gap is a serious problem for women and families across the country, and it’s appreciably worse for African American women. Today, we’re reminded of just how much worse.

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America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

On Monday, hundreds of lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, administration officials and President Obama will gather for a historic White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

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Family Friendly Policy and Culture Changes Would Be the Best Father’s Day Gift

The gifts, greeting cards and time that will be shared for Father's Day are wonderful, heartwarming tributes. But lawmakers should pay tribute, too, with policy changes.

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#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is here. That means that if you're like many people, you've recently spent some time asking yourself what your mother (or the mothers in your life) need. 

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What Do Mothers Need? Tools to Make the Best Health Care Choices

May 9, 2014 | Health Care

As Mother’s Day approaches, we’re making it easier for women to manage their families’ health by providing tools and information to help them use their health insurance to access affordable, quality care and to make the best possible health care choices.

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What Do Mothers Need? Fair Pay

It’s no surprise these days that women’s wages are essential to their families and our economy. That’s why, as our #WhatMothersNeed week of action continues, we’re talking about the urgent need for fair pay.

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What Do Mothers Need? Family Friendly Workplaces

For a country that claims to value families, the United States does little to show it when it comes to the workplace.

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Increased Transparency in Health Care: Good News for Patients and Families

In good news for patients and families, the federal government recently took two important steps to increase transparency. These actions exemplify a changing health care culture that recognizes the need for openness.  

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Making History for Women and Families

At the National Partnership, we couldn’t be more inspired to make history on the issues of paramount importance to women and their families.

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The Ryan Budget: Bad for Our Health

April 9, 2014 | Health Care

Budgets reflect priorities. Last week, House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican budget. If adopted, it would take health insurance away from millions of Americans, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and put seniors’ access to comprehensive Medicare coverage in jeopardy.

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Let's Leave Mad Men-Era Pay Policies in the Past

There is a reason many of us bristle at the thought of what the nation's workplaces were like for women during the Mad Men era: the almost universal recognition that it was a time when sexism was rampant, when women were routinely devalued, disrespected and blatantly discriminated against.

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Fulfilling the Affordable Care Act’s Promise to Women and Families

March 23, 2014 | Health Care

The ACA has already begun improving the lives of women and families across the country, but we still have work to do.

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Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014

With demand on the rise for measures that will make our country more healthy, fair and family friendly, the National Partnership convened a special congressional briefing to discuss the policies women and families want this year.

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The Affordable Care Act: Support for Working Families

February 10, 2014 | Health Care

While the ACA is, indeed, a health policy, it’s also a policy that offers badly needed support to working families.  

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The FMLA at 21: What a Difference a Year Makes!

One year ago, we recognized the historic 20th anniversary of the FMLA and called on lawmakers to prioritize family friendly workplace policies. Today, on the law’s 21st anniversary, we can point to considerable progress. 

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Advancing Women and Families in 2014

Following President Obama’s historic call for paid leave in the State of the Union, nearly 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall to discuss the need for a women’s economic agenda.

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Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 

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Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Today, the Newark City Council built on the strong momentum we have seen around paid sick days already in 2014 by passing a paid sick days standard for New Jersey’s largest city.

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Good News for New Jersey's Working Families

New Jersey became a little more family friendly last week.

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