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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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A Major Victory for D.C.

D.C. Mayor Gray signed a measure to expand the District’s paid sick days law to cover an additional 20,000 tipped restaurant and bar workers.

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A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

From paid sick days and paid leave victories to the introduction of the FAMILY Act, 2013 was a year of great progress for America’s working families. And 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. 

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Choosing a Health Plan 101

December 18, 2013 | Health Care

While every family has unique health care needs, all women need a basic foundation of knowledge to help them pick the plan that’s best for them.  

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Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Tonight, the City Council in Newark, New Jersey, built on the great momentum we’ve seen around common sense paid sick days policies this year by passing its own standard. 

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D.C. Poised to Strengthen Paid Sick Days Law

It’s a good day for D.C. Today, the City Council voted unanimously to strengthen the District’s paid sick days law to cover more workers.

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Take It From Moms: America’s Families Need the FAMILY Act

December 12, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Stephanie was the sole breadwinner for her family when her twins were born three months early and had to be hospitalized.

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The FAMILY Act—Legislation the Nation Needs Now

We have been proud to partner with Working Mother in recent years to galvanize support for a national paid leave program. Today, we celebrate a tremendous and exciting step forward in that effort.

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Fighting Back: The Women’s Health Protection Act

December 3, 2013 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

The Women's Health Protection Act would support women’s ability to make personal health care decisions unhindered by callous and unnecessary state regulations.

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We Must Honor the Affordable Care Act’s Commitment to Women

November 15, 2013 | Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes key provisions of paramount importance to women... 

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Progress on ENDA is a Long Overdue Step for Fairness

November 5, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Across the country, eight million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers put in the same hours and make the same contributions as their co-workers, yet no federal law protects them from unequal, harmful treatment. 

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Then and Now: Pregnancy Discrimination Hurts Women and Their Families

It's the early 1970s. The women's movement has made great strides. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," featuring independent, career woman Mary Richards, is climbing the ratings charts... 

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A Bitter Pill: New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is Largely Unchanged Since 2002

September 18, 2013 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the gap between the wages paid to women and men in this country has not improved in the last 11 years. 

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Victory for Home Care Workers and the Nation

September 17, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Today, in a tremendous victory for home care workers, fair pay, quality care and the nation, the Labor Department issued regulations that will extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 

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Realizing the Value of Health IT: Jumpstarting Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities

Health disparities and health information technology (IT). Those two issues aren’t linked very often, but they should be, and National Health IT Week presents a great opportunity to talk about why. Health information technology is a valuable tool we can use to reduce disparities for millions of Americans and improve the quality of health care.  

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Jersey City Takes a Great Step Toward a Sick Days Standard

September 11, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Members of the City Council in Jersey City, New Jersey, have taken an exciting step toward guaranteeing all workers in the city have the right to earn sick days. This is great news for the city, the state and paid sick days efforts across the country. 

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Honoring America’s Grandparents

September 8, 2013 | Work and Family

Grandparents Day is a time to celebrate grandparents and the many ways they support and unite our families. It’s also a moment to consider whether we as a nation are doing all that we can to honor their contributions. 

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A Bittersweet Labor Day

August 30, 2013 | Work and Family

Labor Day is a time to pay tribute to the enormous contributions of working people in this country. It is also a time for those of us who seek fairness and equality for all workers to consider how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.

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Ensuring Fairer, More Family Friendly Workplaces for All

August 7, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

People across the country experience the challenges that come from our nation’s outdated workplace policies. But the strain between responsibilities at home and on the job is especially acute when a baby is born or a new child arrives.

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Two Decades of the FMLA: 100 Million Stories and a Strong Case for the Next Step

August 5, 2013 | Work and Family

Twenty years ago today, for the first time in our nation’s history, tens of millions of people had the right to take time away from work to address the health and caregiving needs we all face at some point in our lives.

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