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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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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A Story of Deliberate Disregard for Democracy in Orange County

September 14, 2012

For anyone paying attention to the effort to establish an earned sick day standard in the Sunshine State, this is a legitimate question.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Fathers, Families and the Urgent Need for Paid Sick Days

June 15, 2012

Just in time for Father’s Day, the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire released the results of a new study on working parents.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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

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, Vice President

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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

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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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Legislation America Needs

February 3, 2012

On Wednesday morning, at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) 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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

Honoring the Nation’s Family Caregivers with the Policies They Need

November 23, 2011

When President Obama proclaimed November National Family Caregivers Month this year, he described family caregiving as “heroic work… often done while caregivers balance other commitments to their families, jobs, and communities.”

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

November 17, 2011 | Work and Family

Paid Sick Days and Health: Cost Savings from Reduced Emergency Room Visits finds that, regardless of workers' access to health insurance, there are undeniable connections between the ways in which private sector workers use the health care system and whether they have access to paid sick days.

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Despite Hard-Fought Campaign, Disappointing News from Denver

November 2, 2011

Despite months of passionate and dedicated work by the Campaign for Healthy Denver and its allies in support of a citywide paid sick days standard, Initiative 300 did not pass.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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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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It’s Official – Seattle Will Guarantee Paid Sick Days!

September 23, 2011

With the stroke of a pen today, Mayor Mike McGinn secured a groundbreaking victory for the people of Seattle.

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Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011 | Work and Family

It is an exciting day for Seattle workers.

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