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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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An Underhanded Threat to Working Families in Louisiana and Throughout the Country

May 30, 2012 | Work and Family
Over the past year, some workers and their families have rested a little easier knowing they will be able to recover from illness or help a family member do so without sacrificing much-needed income.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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As Older Americans Month Draws to a Close, Let's Not Forget the Older Adults and Caregivers Who Need Us

May 29, 2012 | Work and Family
May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor and show appreciation for the older adults in our lives and our communities.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Study Shows It's Time to Invest in Paid Leave for U.S. Workers and Families

May 4, 2012 | Work and Family
It is no secret that millions of women are both breadwinners and caregivers for their families, the country is rebuilding its economy, and - at the same time - many federal and state lawmakers are trying to figure out how to reduce spending.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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19 Years

February 5, 2012 | Work and Family
That's how long it's been since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Legislation America Needs

February 3, 2012 | Work and Family
On Wednesday morning, at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) described for the first time sweeping new legislation that he plans to introduce this spring: the Rebuild America Act.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Study Documents Troubling Trends in Retail Industry

January 24, 2012 | Work and Family
Retail is the nation's second-largest sector and one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Study Makes a Strong Case for a National Paid Leave Policy

January 19, 2012 | Work and Family
At a time when working families are struggling, the economy is in trouble, and the need for family friendly workplace policies is high, a groundbreaking new study demonstrates that paid leave is good for working families, businesses and our economy.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Congress Must Protect the Lifeline Women and Families Depend On

December 8, 2011 | Work and Family
Some things are simply unthinkable. Congress failing to protect the basic benefits that are keeping women and families afloat is one of them.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Paid Sick Days: Healthier Families, More Than $1 Billion in Savings

Health reform has underscored the imperative to increase access to health care, improve quality and reduce costs.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Workplace Support a Critical Step toward Eliminating Poverty

October 28, 2011 | Work and Family
One of the biggest threats to the well-being of our nation's women and families is poverty.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011 | Work and Family
It is an exciting day for Seattle workers. After a tireless campaign that brought together workers, business leaders, lawmakers and advocates like never before, Seattle City Council members voted 8-1 in support of a strong paid sick days standard for the city.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Connecticut Poll: Paid Sick Days are a Voting Issue

Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a law offering many workers the right to earn paid sick days.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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The Good, the Bad and the Hope for Breastfeeding Rights

August 22, 2011 | Work and Family
Roughly four million women give birth in the United States every year - and most choose to breastfeed (74 percent). After all, the nutritional value of breast milk is well documented. Numerous studies show that breastfeeding protects mothers and children from a range of acute and chronic health conditions. But with two-thirds of today's working women returning to work within three months of giving birth, the lack of supportive workplace policies and laws is forcing too many nursing mothers to quit breastfeeding early - or never start.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Report Quantifies Paid Sick Days' Value to Working Families

For working families today, paid sick days can mean the difference between staying afloat and being unable to afford basic expenses like food and transportation - and this lifeline comes at minimal or no cost to businesses.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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It's Time for a Family Friendly America

May 6, 2011 | Work and Family
Mother's Day. It's a day when we shower the mothers in our lives with well-deserved compliments and gifts that show our appreciation. The heartfelt thanks, expressed in cards, flowers and chocolates, certainly have their place, but mothers today also need something much more lasting - policies that let them meet their own needs and those of their families.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Paid Sick Days Standards Promote LGBT Health

As we near the end of LGBT Health Awareness Week - a time to focus on eliminating the health disparities and health care discrimination faced by the LGBT community - we cannot forget the role that access to health care plays in promoting the health and well-being of LGBT workers and their families. Access to health care goes beyond health insurance and health care services. It also includes workers' ability to take paid sick time to recover from a common illness, care for a sick loved one or seek preventive care.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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Anniversary a Time to Commit to a New Wave of Workplace Reforms

March 24, 2011 | Work and Family
Locked doors. It's one of the many reasons that 146 workers - mainly young immigrant women - died in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City 100 years ago today. Even though great progress has been made since then, workers today are trapped by a different kind of locked door: public and workplace policies that too often are unfair and force workers to make impossible choices between their caregiving responsibilities and their economic security.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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San Francisco Paid Sick Days Law Is A Proven Success

A new study released today shows that San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO)—the first citywide paid sick days standard in the country—has been proven a success.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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California Passes the Nation's Paid Family Leave Test

February 3, 2011 | Work and Family
More than eight years ago, California lawmakers showed a historic commitment to working families in their state by establishing the nation's first paid family leave program. Earlier this month, six-and-a-half years after the program was implemented, the results of its test are in—and they send a compelling message to employers, workers and lawmakers throughout the country.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

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New Data a Sobering Reminder that Nation's Policies are Failing Millions of Workers, Families

Few workplace policies in the United States recognize the dual demands of work and family. Our lack of a paid sick time standard is a prime example. Last week, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released new data revealing that our nation's failure to give all workers the right to earn paid sick days affects even more people than government reports reflect.

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