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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People across the country experience the challenges that come from our nation’s outdated workplace policies.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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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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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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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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Amplifying the Voices of Patients

July 2, 2013 | Health Care

Big changes are taking place in our health care system — and it’s about time. While some innovations have been occurring in limited areas around the country, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is making bigger, bolder transformation of the health care system more of a reality.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing the Nation’s 75-Year-Old Vision of Fair Workplaces

July 1, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

Seventy-five years ago last week, the nation celebrated a major victory for women and families when the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) became law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Tremendous Step Forward for New Yorkers and Our Nation

Early this morning, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days — taking a significant step forward for the country in giving workers this fundamental and common sense right.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Victory for Equality!

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a historic victory for same-sex couples and our nation’s promise of equal protection under the law.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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From the desk of ... David Uy

Family Leave Meant a Strong Start for My Son, My Family and Me

Eight years ago, our first son was born. Like many, I found becoming a parent to be an amazing, life-changing experience.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Preemption Law in Florida Strengthens Imperative for National Paid Sick Days Standard

Florida Governor Rick Scott handed the organized business lobby a victory today, and the losers are workers, local governments and the fundamental principle of democracy in Florida.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Equal Pay Act Turns 50: The Times They’ve Been a-Changin’

1963 was a year of great change for our country. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the words “I Have A Dream,” President John F. Kennedy and civil rights activist Medgar Evers were assassinated, Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique first hit bookstore shelves and the Equal Pay Act was signed into law.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Day of Action on Fair Pay

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act — a 1963 law aimed at closing the gap between the wages of men and women. But, despite this landmark law, a significant gender-based wage gap persists.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

“For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

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