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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Data, Same Disappointing Paid Sick Days Inequities

We’ve long been aware of disparities in paid sick days access in this country. A new analysis provides a clear, up-to-date picture of just how stark the differences are.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Double Booked: The Wisdom of Adopting Family Friendly Policies

Being a working parent is hard. Just last week, my son was in tears as I left at dawn for an overnight trip. 

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Employer Trends Signal Need for National Workplace Standards

CareerBuilder has identified seven employer trends that job seekers should keep in mind this year. The top trends create even more urgency for national workplace standards.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Coalition “Rallies” in Support of the FAMILY Act

More than 400 organizations have joined together to push for passage of the FAMILY Act. To mark its introduction, coalition members published blog posts, issued press statements, wrote op-eds and more.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Map: The Preemption Trend Continues

November 22, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Support for paid sick days continues to grow. Meanwhile, opponents continue trying to thwart paid sick days efforts through "preemption" legislation.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Expanding Access to Family Leave in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2013 | Work and Family

As the organization that drafted and led the fight for the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the National Partnership knows that it was always meant to be a first step in helping people meet their work and family needs.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Jersey City Poised to Establish the Nation's Next Paid Sick Days Law

September 25, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The Jersey City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to guarantee workers can earn sick days, demonstrating its commitment to the city and its residents.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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One Year Later: A Stronger Seattle

Seattle’s paid sick days law was signed two years ago today, and a new report reveals some great news about the strength of the city’s job market and its businesses since the law took effect one year ago. 

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Time to Strengthen D.C.'s Paid Sick Days Law

September 17, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The D.C. City Council made history in 2008 when it passed the nation’s second paid sick days law. Today, the Council has a chance to build on the law’s unqualified success and help realize its full promise.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Progress for Working Families Sweeps the Nation

June 21, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

From Connecticut to Oregon to Hawaii, lawmakers in states across the country are stepping up to pass proposals that increase working families’ ability to be responsible employees and family members without sacrificing their financial stability.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Bloomberg's Veto Will Not Stop Paid Sick Days in New York City

Today, despite the tremendous benefits paid sick days would have for the city’s working families, businesses, economy and public health, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the paid sick days bill passed by the City Council last month.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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A Family Friendly America Must Eradicate Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

June 4, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

At the National Partnership, we have been working for more than 40 years to make the country’s workplaces more fair and family friendly. That’s why we were proud to partner with a strong coalition of policy experts, business advocates and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations today to release A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Momentum Sparks New Campaigns, More Progress

The success and progress of paid sick days campaigns in Portland, Ore., and New York City have added to the momentum around this common sense policy and sparked new campaigns and progress in other states and cities.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Paid Sick Days Opponents Continue to Hide Behind Preemption

Last month, I wrote about a disturbing trend: States are passing “preemption” laws that prohibit a growing number of cities and counties from adopting their own paid sick days standards. Sadly, these misguided attacks on local democracy have been spreading rapidly, as legislators put the interests of the national big business lobby ahead of the interests of their constituents.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Preemption: A Growing, Calculated Threat to Democracy

April 5, 2013 | Work and Family
From Vermont and New York City to Washington state, momentum and support for paid sick days policies are high.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Election 2012: Hope for Workers and Families

November 8, 2012 | Work and Family
For those who advocate day in and day out for family friendly policies, this election brings hope.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Nation's First State Paid Leave Program Turns 10 - Here's to Many More Decades of Success for Workers, Families and Businesses

September 30, 2012 | Work and Family
Last weekend marked a decade since California enacted its groundbreaking state paid family leave insurance program - the first in the nation.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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A Sad Day and a Hopeful Lesson in Orange County

September 19, 2012 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
Late yesterday, it became disappointingly clear that voters in Orange County will not see a proposal for earned sick time on their ballots in November.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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An Energizing Event for Family Friendly Policy Advocates

July 23, 2012 | Work and Family
This month, more than 200 advocates from across the country were here in Washington, D.C., to discuss best practices and next steps in the effort to increase working families' access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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15 out of 51? Dads Expect Better

June 17, 2012 | Work and Family
This weekend, we celebrate dads. Fathers serve as both breadwinners and caregivers in most families, just as women do. And that's why our nation's dads a well as its moms need workplace policies that are more family friendly.

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