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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Keeping "Wellness" from Turning into Discrimination

May 8, 2013 | Health Care | Workplace Fairness

Today, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on a topic of critical importance to our nation’s workers: employer wellness programs.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New York City Council Paves the Way for One Million Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

In a major victory in the effort to increase access to paid sick days, the New York City Council has passed a measure that would guarantee approximately one million workers the right to earn the paid sick time they need.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Mothers, Working Families Aren’t Fooled

May 6, 2013 | Work and Family

Working people today face serious challenges when it comes to managing job and family: Nearly 40 percent of workers in the private sector — and more than 80 percent of those who are low-wage workers — cannot earn a single paid sick day. Forty percent of all workers have no access to even unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act when serious personal or family medical needs arise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Sad Day for Floridians

Floridians are the latest state residents to fall victim to an underhanded and harmful effort to undermine democracy across the country.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the U.S. Desperately Needs a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee some type of paid time off for employees, despite ample evidence that paid leave policies benefit workers, businesses, and the economy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the FMLA Isn’t Enough

While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has helped more than 100,000 families take the time they need to care for their families, a striking 40% of the U.S. workforce isn’t eligible for the 12 weeks of unpaid leave the FMLA provides because their employers have fewer than 50 employees, or because they haven’t been working for their employers for at least a year and put in a minimum of 1,250 hours.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

How the FMLA Has Helped Real Moms Meet the Dual Demands of Job and Family

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — a law that has allowed millions of mothers, fathers, adult children, and other hardworking people to care for their health and their families without having to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

Susan, a single mother in Missouri, has a 10-year-old son who has pneumonia. She wants to stay home and care for him, but she cannot because her boss refuses to let her take the day off and she is terrified that, if she misses work, she will lose her job.

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Elina Alterman, Health Information Technology Policy and Outreach Coordinator

From the desk of ... Elina Alterman, Health IT

Why Health IT is Truly the Cat's Meow

Those of us who work in the health IT world spend our days analyzing policies, creating advocacy strategies, and talking about meaningful use criteria, quality improvement, and care coordination till we're blue in the face. But how does that play out when we leave the office? More often than not, we bring our work home.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

From Seattle to New York City, Women and Families Need Action on Fair Pay

April 10, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
It's that time of year again. A time when those of us who are committed to achieving equality for women are reminded of the work left to do.

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