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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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New Federal Proposal Would Take Away Hard-Fought Paid Sick Days Protections

November 3, 2017

Federal lawmakers seek to thwart paid sick days progress and undermine state and local victories through a new bill introduced this week. Contrary to proponents’ claims, the so-called Workflex in the 21st Century Act – H.R. 4219 – would not guarantee paid sick days and could actually make it less certain that working people have the sick time they need.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Paid Sick Days are Critical for Workers’ Mental Health Too

October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day offers an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is also a reminder of the need to promote policies, such as paid sick days, that would help those living with a mental illness.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Rhode Island Becomes Eighth State With a Paid Sick Days Law

September 28, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act today, making Rhode Island the eighth state to enact a paid sick days law and bringing the national total to 40 jurisdictions with such laws nationwide. Some 100,000 Rhode Islanders will gain the right to earn paid sick time when the law takes effect in July.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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New School Year, Same Uncertainty for Parents Without Paid Sick Days

September 7, 2017

For kids, heading back to school can be an anxious and exciting time – figuring out new routines, adjusting to different teachers and classmates and navigating changes in social and academic environments... Employed parents stress about changes too, but the millions of moms, dads and caregivers without paid sick time also have to worry about cold and flu season and what will happen if their kids get sick.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Stand Up for Workers and Unions This Labor Day

September 1, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Working people and organizations across the country are coming together to stand up and speak out to remind elected officials that America needs strong workplace protections and strong unions. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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America’s Moms Deserve Better Than Policies That Leave Them Behind

Trump’s budget proposal includes dramatic changes to health care and a very limited paid leave policy that ignores the importance of medical leave for new moms.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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We’re In the Fight of Our Lives – But We’re In It Together

Experiences like the MAKERS Conference and the Women’s March remind us that we are all in this together and that we must keep challenging ourselves to build a collective force for resistance and change.

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Debra L. Ness, President

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Progress, Promise and Peril: The Imperative to Continue Workplace Policy Gains in 2017

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo
January 9, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The nation is poised for progress, but it will only come if lawmakers recognize that strengthening our economy will require paying as much attention to the kinds of jobs that are available as they pay to creating or keeping jobs in the United States.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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A National Paid Leave Plan Must Check All the Boxes

December 12, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Lawmakers must not forget the principles that make a sound, effective policy — or the stories of people that illustrate why they are so important.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Voters in Arizona and Washington Choose Paid Sick Days

November 16, 2016

Capping off an already historic year of progress for paid sick days, voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures last week that will mean the nation will soon have seven statewide paid sick days laws. Thirty-nine jurisdictions now do – or will soon – guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time, and efforts to protect and build upon these victories has become even more important.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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We Cannot Remain a Nation of Paid Leave Haves and Have-Nots

September 26, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

New data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate how far the country still has to go when it comes to paid leave access.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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What Advice Would You Give Young Women in the Workplace?

April 21, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

MTV asked that question as it announced its 79% Work Clock and effort to call attention to the gender wage gap. This was my response.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Promising Paid Sick Time News for Nearly 830,000 More Workers

February 24, 2016

Right on schedule, the U.S. Department of Labor today proposed a rule that will ultimately give 828,000 workers who service federal contracts expanded access to paid sick time, including nearly 437,000 workers who are currently not guaranteed a single paid sick day. This is a much-needed and encouraging step toward implementing the executive order President Obama issued on Labor Day. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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We Should Be Talking About When America Guarantees Paid Leave — Not If

December 12, 2015 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Two years after the FAMILY Act was first introduced, paid leave is on the horizon in the United States. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Paid Leave and The Raising of America

Why do we, as a nation, make it so difficult for our children to thrive? How can we do better? These are the important questions asked in a powerful new film.

 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Having a Family Friendly Workplace Should Not Depend on Winning the ‘Boss Lottery’

National Boss Day is a reminder that, for millions of Americans, having a family friendly workplace is like winning the lottery.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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New Paid Leave Investment, Business Coalition Pave the Way for Even More Progress

New state and local paid leave grants and a unique coalition of companies committed to advancing paid leave are helping pave the way for the national program the country needs.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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New Data and Stories Make the Case for a National Paid Sick Days Standard

Our new series of fact sheets put into stark relief just how much access to paid sick days in this country still depends on where you live and the job you hold.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About

Navigating the workplace — not to mention workplace politics — can be a challenge for pregnant employees.

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