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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Data a Sobering Reminder that Nation's Policies are Failing Millions of Workers, Families

January 12, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
Few workplace policies in the United States recognize the dual demands of work and family. Our lack of a paid sick time standard is a prime example. Last week, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released new data revealing that our nation's failure to give all workers the right to earn paid sick days affects even more people than government reports reflect.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Step in the Right Direction

December 17, 2010 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
Our country needs more adequate, reasonable and flexible sick leave policies. Tens of millions of workers in this country don't have a single paid sick day. Many of those who do can't use them to meet their family's health needs. As a result, kids and their parents are forced to go to school or work sick, contagion spreads, and public health suffers.

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From the desk of ... Marya Torrez, Repro Health Watch

How Far Have We Come When it Comes to Covering Women's Birth Control? We Shall See.

December 14, 2010 | Reproductive Health
Ten years ago today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that refusing to cover prescription contraception in an employee health plan - if other similar preventive services and prescription drugs were covered in that plan -violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the amendment to Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It was a monumental victory for women, many of whom spend the majority of their reproductive lives (approximately three decades) trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy. Women rely on contraception to plan their families, and appropriately and safely space their children.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Paid Sick Days: An Important Step toward Economic Security for Women of Color

December 10, 2010 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

We often talk about the importance of a paid sick days standard for families' economic security and our public health—but paid sick days are also an issue of basic fairness. That was a key topic at Monday night's panel discussion on the disproportionate impact the lack of paid sick days has on low-income communities and women of color. The event was hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman, Repro Health Watch

It's Politics v. Science. Again.

December 1, 2010 | Reproductive Health
It's a fact: Contraceptive use improves overall health. It enables women to plan and space their pregnancies. It has contributed to dramatic declines in maternal and infant mortality. And it has been a driving force in reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion.

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