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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Victory for Home Care Workers and the Nation

September 17, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Today, in a tremendous victory for home care workers, fair pay, quality care and the nation, the Labor Department issued regulations that will extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Realizing the Value of Health IT: Jumpstarting Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities

Health disparities and health information technology (IT). Those two issues aren’t linked very often, but they should be, and National Health IT Week presents a great opportunity to talk about why. Health information technology is a valuable tool we can use to reduce disparities for millions of Americans and improve the quality of health care.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Jersey City Takes a Great Step Toward a Sick Days Standard

September 11, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Members of the City Council in Jersey City, New Jersey, have taken an exciting step toward guaranteeing all workers in the city have the right to earn sick days. This is great news for the city, the state and paid sick days efforts across the country. 

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From the desk of ... Adrian Nava, Scarlett Jimenez , Repro Health Watch

Youth Activism for Sex Education

As educators, advocates, and allies of sexual health, we often ask ourselves why we are still having conversations about the implementation and support of comprehensive sexuality education for young people across the nation.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Honoring America’s Grandparents

September 8, 2013 | Work and Family

Grandparents Day is a time to celebrate grandparents and the many ways they support and unite our families. It’s also a moment to consider whether we as a nation are doing all that we can to honor their contributions. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Bittersweet Labor Day

August 30, 2013 | Work and Family

Labor Day is a time to pay tribute to the enormous contributions of working people in this country. It is also a time for those of us who seek fairness and equality for all workers to consider how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. This year in particular, these reflections seem bittersweet.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

"Meaningful Use" of Health IT: What the FACA?!

What happens when you put a couple of dozen doctors, technology vendors, consumer advocates, researchers, public health officials, state legislators and others in a room and ask them to agree on exactly what it means to ‘meaningfully use’ electronic health records? Not as many fights as you’d think. And thanks to the Federal Advisory Committees Act [1] – which created the FACAs responsible for creating the first draft of Meaningful Use criteria – we know!

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

Health IT, From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

An Opportunity to Reduce Health Disparities that We Cannot Afford to Waste

One of America’s greatest assets is its incredible diversity. Today, one in five people in this country age five and older speak a language other than English at home. The U.S. Hispanic population has reached 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the population increase since 2000.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

An Unfinished Agenda

August 26, 2013 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

It has been 93 years since women gained the right to vote. A lot has changed in those years.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Day to Remember, A March That Must Continue

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of men and women came together in Washington, D.C., for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty years later, the march continues.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

When is a Supervisor Not a Supervisor?

In June, the US Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to workers' rights in Vance v. Ball State University, a case that could have a chilling impact on victims of harassment and America's civil rights laws.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Ensuring Fairer, More Family Friendly Workplaces for All

August 7, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

People across the country experience the challenges that come from our nation’s outdated workplace policies. But the strain between responsibilities at home and on the job is especially acute when a baby is born or a new child arrives.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Two Decades of the FMLA: 100 Million Stories and a Strong Case for the Next Step

August 5, 2013 | Work and Family

Twenty years ago today, for the first time in our nation’s history, tens of millions of people had the right to take time away from work to address the health and caregiving needs we all face at some point in our lives.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

One Step Closer to Equity for Peace Corps Volunteers

July 26, 2013 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Here's a fact that may surprise you: Women who work for the Peace Corps at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and women who volunteer for the Peace Corps and serve overseas receive different health care coverage from the federal government.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Fair Pay Depends on a Fair Minimum Wage

July 24, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

People across the country are rallying in their communities and online today to mark the four-year anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase, and to call on Congress to prioritize passage of a measure that would help bring it up-to-date.

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From the desk of ... Sarah Preston, Repro Health Watch

Following Governor Perry’s Lead

July 19, 2013 | Reproductive Health

Over the course of several months, the North Carolina House of Representatives has launched a series of attacks on a woman’s right to choose, passing several bills that seek to limit access to abortion.

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Mark Savage, Director of Health Information Technology Policy and Programs

From the desk of ... Mark Savage, Health IT

Moving Forward on Health IT

Delay access to health information you need now?  Pause efforts to ensure that an emergency room can get your medical data from your doctor immediately, if the need arises?  Patients and consumers say no.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Advancing a Women’s Economic Agenda

July 18, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

It’s no surprise anymore that women are essential engines in our national and family economies. Women are nearly half of the workforce, breadwinners in two-thirds of households, and primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children. Women and families across the country know this reality well.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Rhode Island Legislature Makes Paid Leave History!

Today, the Rhode Island legislature became the third in the nation to pass a law that guarantees workers paid time off to care for seriously ill family members and new children.

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