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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Federal Proposal Would Take Away Hard-Fought Paid Sick Days Protections

November 3, 2017

Federal lawmakers seek to thwart paid sick days progress and undermine state and local victories through a new bill introduced this week. Contrary to proponents’ claims, the so-called Workflex in the 21st Century Act – H.R. 4219 – would not guarantee paid sick days and could actually make it less certain that working people have the sick time they need.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This Should Never Happen – Not Here

October 25, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement must not be allowed to prevent undocumented immigrant minors from getting the health care they need.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Sexual Harassment: When Laws Aren’t Nearly Enough

October 24, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

If we want to make sexual harassment a rarity, changing the law is important, but not sufficient. We also have to change the culture.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days are Critical for Workers’ Mental Health Too

October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day offers an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is also a reminder of the need to promote policies, such as paid sick days, that would help those living with a mental illness.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
October 6, 2017 | Health Care

Congress: Act now and fund CHIP fully. More than 9 million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you. 

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From the desk of ... Katie Martin

A Marketing Plan Designed to Fail

October 4, 2017 | Health Care

This open enrollment period, we have an obligation to help the more than 28 million people in this country without health insurance sign up.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Hyde Amendment Continues to Punish Our Country’s Most Vulnerable Women

September 29, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

For 41 long years, the Hyde amendment has penalized low-income women by withholding coverage for abortion care from those enrolled in Medicaid. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Rhode Island Becomes Eighth State With a Paid Sick Days Law

September 28, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act today, making Rhode Island the eighth state to enact a paid sick days law and bringing the national total to 40 jurisdictions with such laws nationwide. Some 100,000 Rhode Islanders will gain the right to earn paid sick time when the law takes effect in July.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Don’t Just Tell Grandparents You Care, Fight for Their Ability to Care and Be Cared For

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the millions of grandparents who provide so much for our families and our country. Our nation’s grandparents are not only treasured members of our families; they also take on significant caregiving and breadwinning responsibilities.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New School Year, Same Uncertainty for Parents Without Paid Sick Days

September 7, 2017

For kids, heading back to school can be an anxious and exciting time – figuring out new routines, adjusting to different teachers and classmates and navigating changes in social and academic environments... Employed parents stress about changes too, but the millions of moms, dads and caregivers without paid sick time also have to worry about cold and flu season and what will happen if their kids get sick.

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Women Are Watching

September 5, 2017 | Health Care

As the primary health care decision-makers for our families, women have a lot of stake in the debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Stand Up for Workers and Unions This Labor Day

September 1, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Working people and organizations across the country are coming together to stand up and speak out to remind elected officials that America needs strong workplace protections and strong unions. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women Continue to Resist and to Insist on Equality for All

There is another side to the nation’s story right now – the story of the power and persistence of women. Our voices are the ones that have changed, and will continue to change, the nature of power.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

No Rest This Summer for Texas Abortion Rights Advocates

August 24, 2017 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

The Texas state legislature passed three new abortion restrictions during this summer's special session. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We All Need to Take a Stand Against Hate

August 18, 2017 | Other

We at the National Partnership are still haunted by images of Charlottesville and deeply troubled by the news that continues to unfold this week, including the tragic, unconscionable terrorist attacks in Spain.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Watershed Moment: Sheryl Sandberg Endorses the FAMILY Act

August 9, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Sandberg's support gives a major boost to the FAMILY Act, the next step in making America family friendly.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Continuing to Move the Country Toward Paid Family and Medical Leave for All

August 4, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

The 24th anniversary of the FMLA taking effect is a reminder that the pace of progress varies over time and, even on the days when the odds seem stacked against us, people can and will keep moving the country forward.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave in the States in 2017

As many federal lawmakers were focused on rolling back and undermining the rights of people across the country this year, some state lawmakers considered bills aimed at helping people.

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From the desk of ... Alex Baptiste, National Partnership

Historic Progress: 68 Percent of Private Sector Workers Now Have Paid Sick Days

July 24, 2017

New government data show that, in just two years, the share of people working for private sector businesses in the United States who can earn paid sick time has increased dramaticallyto nearly 79 million private sector workers.

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