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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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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Good News from Businesses in Connecticut

September 9, 2013

Less than two weeks into this year, we have already celebrated a new paid sick days law in Portland, Ore., and a major victory in the effort to expand D.C.’s existing paid sick days law to cover tipped workers.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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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Momentum Sparks New Campaigns, More Progress

May 23, 2013

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, Vice President

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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. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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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, Vice President

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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, 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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