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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Mothers, Working Families Aren’t Fooled

May 6, 2013 | Work and Family

Working people today face serious challenges when it comes to managing job and family: Nearly 40 percent of workers in the private sector — and more than 80 percent of those who are low-wage workers — cannot earn a single paid sick day. Forty percent of all workers have no access to even unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act when serious personal or family medical needs arise.

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Sad Day for Floridians

Floridians are the latest state residents to fall victim to an underhanded and harmful effort to undermine democracy across the country. Yesterday, members of the Florida House approved far-reaching legislation that will prohibit all localities from establishing paid sick days standards.

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Why the U.S. Desperately Needs a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee some type of paid time off for employees, despite ample evidence that paid leave policies benefit workers, businesses, and the economy.

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Why the FMLA Isn’t Enough

While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has helped more than 100,000 families take the time they need to care for their families, a striking 40% of the U.S. workforce isn’t eligible for the 12 weeks of unpaid leave the FMLA provides because their employers have fewer than 50 employees, or because they haven’t been working for their employers for at least a year and put in a minimum of 1,250 hours.

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How the FMLA Has Helped Real Moms Meet the Dual Demands of Job and Family

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — a law that has allowed millions of mothers, fathers, adult children, and other hardworking people to care for their health and their families without having to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance.

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The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

Susan, a single mother in Missouri, has a 10-year-old son who has pneumonia. She wants to stay home and care for him, but she cannot because her boss refuses to let her take the day off and she is terrified that, if she misses work, she will lose her job.

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From Seattle to New York City, Women and Families Need Action on Fair Pay

April 10, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
It's that time of year again. A time when those of us who are committed to achieving equality for women are reminded of the work left to do.

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If Budgets Reflect Priorities...

If our budgets reflect our priorities, what does Paul Ryan's budget say about our country, how much we value women and our compassion for the most vulnerable among us? Nothing good, I am afraid.

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Know Your Rights: The Family and Medical Leave Act

February 12, 2013 | Work and Family
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - the nation's first and only federal law that helps women and men meet their responsibilities at home and on the job.

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20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family Friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

February 5, 2013 | Work and Family
Today, we mark a historic and celebratory moment in our nation's history.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 20!

February 4, 2013 | Work and Family
Tuesday, February 5, marks exactly 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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Progress on Women's Reproductive Rights

January 29, 2013 | Reproductive Health
Last week, after a pro-choice president was sworn in for a second term and as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, something pretty spectacular happened.

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An Integral Step Forward for Women, Families and the Nation

January 23, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
"Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

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The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

By now, we have all heard about or been affected by the influenza outbreak that is sweeping the country and taking a staggering toll. At least 44 states have been hit, thousands of hospitalizations and dozens of deaths have been reported so far, and some are already comparing this year's outbreak to the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.

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Fair Pay: An Economic Imperative for Women of Color and the Nation

January 9, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
Every day, tens of millions of hardworking women get up, go to work and do all we can to help our employers, keep our jobs and make enough money to put food on the table, pay the bills and provide for our families.

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Voters Want Action on Family Friendly Workplace Policies

December 12, 2012 | Work and Family
Despite all of the attention paid to our differences this election year, the majority of American voters are united on some key issues because of shared experiences.

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One Year Later, Let's Make Emergency Contraception More Easily Available to Vulnerable Young Women

December 7, 2012 | Reproductive Health
A year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was poised to undo the damage done by the Bush Administration, which for political reasons held up over-the-counter approval of Emergency Contraception (EC) for years.

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The 'With Model' of Patient and Family Engagement

November 27, 2012 | Health Care
As our national debate over health care reform continues, with its future, at least in part, likely to be shaped by the election, one thing is clear: There is consensus that we need to move to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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Election 2012: A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

November 8, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
In reelecting President Obama and significantly increasing the numbers of women and progressives in the United States Senate, Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not.

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