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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Paid Sick Days Victory in the Third Largest City in the Nation

June 22, 2016

Chicago took a major step toward becoming the 34th jurisdiction in the country with a paid sick days law today, following unanimous approval by the city council. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has pledged to sign the ordinance. When it takes effect on July 1, 2017, more than 460,000 workers will newly gain the right to earn paid sick time. And the nation’s three most populous cities will guarantee this common sense protection. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Promising Paid Sick Time News for Nearly 830,000 More Workers

February 24, 2016

Right on schedule, the U.S. Department of Labor today proposed a rule that will ultimately give 828,000 workers who service federal contracts expanded access to paid sick time, including nearly 437,000 workers who are currently not guaranteed a single paid sick day. This is a much-needed and encouraging step toward implementing the executive order President Obama issued on Labor Day. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

After Yearslong Battle, Victory in Vermont!

February 17, 2016

Today, by a vote of 81 to 64, the Vermont House of Representatives reaffirmed its support for a statewide paid sick days bill and sent the proposal to the governor, who supports it. The hard-fought victory means Vermont will soon be the fifth state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days.

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Small Businesses Support Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis and Across the Country

January 19, 2016

Advocates and small business owners in Minneapolis are making the case for paid sick days. A new report released last week by the Main Street Alliance of Minnesota with the support of the National Partnership for Women & Families summarizes the growing body of evidence that shows paid sick days policies benefit businesses.

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Paid Sick Days Are Already Winning in 2016

January 11, 2016

2016 is off to a good start for many workers who used to lack access to paid sick days. On January 1, Oregon’s statewide paid sick days bill took effect. On January 6, a paid sick days law in New Brunswick, New Jersey, took effect. And today, Spokane, Wash., passed a paid sick days ordinance. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

More Than 25,000 New Jersey Workers Gain Paid Sick Days Protections in a Single Week

November 4, 2015

It's been an exciting week for paid sick days! Yesterday, Elizabeth, New Jersey, became the 10th city in the state to pass a paid sick days law. And last week, the Jersey City Council voted to expand the city’s paid sick days law. This is tremendous progress, but hundreds of thousands of workers in the state still cannot earn a single paid sick day. 

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Domestic Violence Survivors Need and Deserve Workplace Support

October 21, 2015

It is fitting that October is both National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Work and Family Month because supportive workplace policies, such as paid sick and "safe" days, help make it possible for domestic violence survivors to get the help they need without sacrificing their jobs or ability to make ends meet.

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National Partnership Staff

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A Labor Day to Remember!

September 7, 2015

This morning, the president will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to allow all employees who work on their federal contracts to earn paid sick time. When it takes effect in 2017, an estimated 300,000 more workers will earn paid sick time.

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National Partnership Staff

Back-to-School Season: A Good Time to Talk About Paid Sick Days

August 19, 2015

Back-to-school season – a time when attention to what’s best for kids and schools is high – is a good time to raise awareness of the impact that a lack of paid sick days can have on children, schools and entire communities. This new fact sheet and back-to-school toolkit should help.

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Take Action: New Paid Sick Days Data and Stories Make the Case for a National Standard

August 3, 2015

We have seen undeniable paid sick days progress at the state and local levels in recent years, but working people in 41 states still have neither statewide protections nor any local protections. Fact sheets released by the National Partnership for Women & Families last week explore the impact of this lack of paid sick days across the country.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Victory! Oregon Will Soon Be Fourth State to Guarantee Paid Sick Days

June 15, 2015

Last Friday, June 12 , nearly half of all private sector workers in Oregon woke up hoping that a case of the flu, strep throat or some other common and contagious illness wouldn’t force them to choose between staying home to recover or care for a sick child and the jobs and wages they need to put food on the table.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Take Action to Advance the Healthy Families Act

May 26, 2015

Earlier this spring, a bipartisan majority of U.S. senators voted in favor of a nonbinding paid sick days budget amendment. For paid sick days advocates, this promising development was a unique opportunity for action and accountability. Today, the work to turn that symbolic vote into meaningful support continues.

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From the desk of ... Sarah E. Towne

New Analysis Reveals Disparities in Workers’ Paid Sick Days Access Across States

May 18, 2015

Even though 21 jurisdictions in the United States have or will soon have a paid sick days law in place, millions of workers throughout the country don’t have access to paid sick days. That’s the key finding of a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in collaboration with the National Partnership for Women & Families.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Philadelphia’s Paid Sick Days Law Takes Effect Today But Hurdles Remain

May 13, 2015

After a years-long fight for paid sick days in Philadelphia, a law passed overwhelmingly by the City Council earlier this year takes effect today. Now, workers at businesses with 10 or more employees will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. But sadly, that’s not the end of the story.

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National Partnership Staff

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U.S. Senator Patty Murray Rallies Paid Sick Days Advocates

April 23, 2015

Paid sick days advocates from across the country got a boost from U.S. Senator Patty Murray today. Murray is the lead Senate sponsor of the Healthy Families Act and she championed the recent budget amendment that garnered bipartisan support for paid sick days. Today, she joined a national coalition call to talk about the issue.

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National Partnership Staff

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The White House Recognizes Paid Sick Days Champions

April 17, 2015

Closing out a week of attention to families’ economic security, the Obama administration paid special tribute yesterday to state and local “champions of change” who are making a real difference in communities and workplaces across the country. Among them were several paid sick days advocates whose dedication and victories are paving the way for national level progress.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Five Reasons You Should Care About the U.S. Senate’s Paid Sick Days Vote

April 2, 2015

In a flurry of budget amendment votes in the U.S. Senate last week, those of us who advocate for paid sick days and other family friendly workplace policies witnessed an encouraging and unprecedented sign of progress. The vote was promising, but there is more work to do.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

March 28, 2015

Cross-posted from the Huffington Post. It's clear that America's families, lawmakers and employers are ready for action to advance paid sick days and paid leave policies. The Obama administration's new effort, combined with continued progress in jurisdictions and at individual companies like Microsoft, will make that even clearer.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

82 Percent of Chicago Voters Call for Paid Sick Days

February 27, 2015

This week’s election in Chicago generated much attention due to its impact on the iconic city’s future leaders. But voters were also faced with a ballot question critical to more than 460,000 workers and the overall health and well-being of the city. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Victory in Philadelphia as the Push for a National Standard Grows Stronger

February 19, 2015

Progress in the nationwide effort to increase access to paid sick days continued at the federal and local levels last week. On Thursday, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Healthy Families Act and the Philadelphia City Council approved a hard-won paid sick days ordinance that Mayor Nutter promptly signed into law.

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