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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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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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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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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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From the desk of ... Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Repro Health Watch

Medication Abortion Restrictions Hurt My Patients

March 8, 2013 | Reproductive Health

As a practicing physician in St. Louis, Missouri, I provide comprehensive reproductive care to my patients.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Back to the Office at Yahoo

February 26, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

National Partnership President Debra Ness talks to the New York Times about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end the company's work-from-home policy.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

What a Celebration! The FMLA at 20

February 19, 2013 | Work and Family

This month, the National Partnership, along with other advocates, workers and lawmakers, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - the first and only national law to help workers balance the demands of job and family.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Know Your Rights: The Family and Medical Leave Act

February 12, 2013 | Work and Family
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - the nation's first and only federal law that helps women and men meet their responsibilities at home and on the job.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family Friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

February 5, 2013 | Work and Family
Today, we mark a historic and celebratory moment in our nation's history.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 20!

February 4, 2013 | Work and Family
Tuesday, February 5, marks exactly 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress on Women's Reproductive Rights

January 29, 2013 | Reproductive Health
Last week, after a pro-choice president was sworn in for a second term and as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, something pretty spectacular happened.

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