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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Preemption: A Growing, Calculated Threat to Democracy

April 5, 2013 | Work and Family

From Vermont and New York City to Washington state, momentum and support for paid sick days policies are high.

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Elina Alterman, Health Information Technology Policy and Outreach Coordinator

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

Meaningful Use March Madness: SO/GI or Bust!

Welcome to the final installment of Meaningful Use March Madness, a series of blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Same-Sex Couples Deserve Equal Protection Under the Law

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the first of two cases that could significantly affect same-sex couples in this country.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

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

Meaningful Use March Madness: Keep Up the Pace

Welcome to Meaningful Use March Madness, a series of blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

It's All in the Details: Employer Wellness Programs Can Help or Harm

March 22, 2013 | Health Care | Workplace Fairness
As health care purchasers, consumers, and decision makers for ourselves and our families, women are keenly interested in wellness and preventing illness.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

If Budgets Reflect Priorities...

If our budgets reflect our priorities, what does Paul Ryan's budget say about our country, how much we value women and our compassion for the most vulnerable among us? Nothing good, I am afraid.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Portland!

Just moments ago, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will let tens of thousands of workers in Portland earn the paid sick days they need.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

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

Meaningful Use March Madness

Welcome to Meaningful Use March Madness, a month of weekly blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program. Stay tuned all month!

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