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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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

January 12, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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A Step in the Right Direction

December 17, 2010 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Our country needs more adequate, reasonable and flexible sick leave policies. Tens of millions of workers in this country don't have a single paid sick day. Many of those who do can't use them to meet their family's health needs. As a result, kids and their parents are forced to go to school or work sick, contagion spreads, and public health suffers.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Changing the Game: Workplace Flexibility for All

November 4, 2010 | Work and Family
The National Partnership was pleased to be invited to participate in the National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility in smaller businesses, sponsored by the White House and U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas, Texas last month. This event was the first of four National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility events, scheduled for 2010 and 2011. Next up is a regional event in Atlanta next week focused on workplace flexibility in the health care industry.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Heard on the Hill: The Healthy Families Act Promotes Economic Security & Public Health

October 12, 2010

As Members of Congress campaign for votes at home, the National Partnership for Women & Families and two of our key allies have been hard at work educating Congressional staff about the public health and economic security case for paid sick days policies.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Paid Sick Days - On Hold for Too Long

Throughout the long, hot summer—despite the veto-proof majority in the New York City Council, despite the endless terrible experiences of workers who've been forced to work sick, despite the loads of testimony in favor of the Paid Sick Time Act—New York's proposed paid sick days law has remained in limbo. The Council was awaiting the results of an unrepresentative business-side study that—as we now know—used deeply flawed methodology to produce absurd results. In the meantime, more than one million New Yorkers are still without paid sick days, forced to put their jobs and economic security at risk every time they need to take a day off to recover from illness or care for a sick family member.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

New Analysis Suggests Lack of Paid Sick Days May Have Prolonged H1N1 Pandemic

February 16, 2010

New analysis from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) provides support for what paid sick days advocates have long argued: lack of access to paid sick days means employees are more likely to go to work sick, spread contagious disease, prolong the effects of pandemic illness, and harm the public health.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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FMLA: After 17 Years, It's Time to Take the Next Step

February 5, 2010 | Work and Family
The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 17 today.

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