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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Voters in Arizona and Washington Choose Paid Sick Days

November 16, 2016

Capping off an already historic year of progress for paid sick days, voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures last week that will mean the nation will soon have seven statewide paid sick days laws. Thirty-nine jurisdictions now do – or will soon – guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time, and efforts to protect and build upon these victories has become even more important.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Bottom Drops Out

Sometimes life tests you in ways you never expected. The election that shocked the nation dealt a stunning blow to our efforts to make this country more fair, family friendly and healthy.

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From the desk of ... Julia Kortrey

10 Reasons Why Millennials Like Me Should Push for Paid Leave

November 7, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Millennial voices are too often missing from the national conversation about paid leave. Here’s why that must change. 

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Affordable Health Care and Paid Sick Days Go Hand in Hand

November 4, 2016

This week marks the start of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act – a historic advance that has made more affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage available to millions more consumers. But increasing access to health coverage addresses only one barrier to health care in this country. Paid sick days access is essential too. 

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Don’t Be Deterred or Misled – You Can Sign Up for Affordable Health Coverage Now!

November 2, 2016 | Health Care

In this election season, the importance of advancing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become even clearer. Yesterday marked the start of the open enrollment season for plan year 2017. As is always the case, open enrollment provides a critically important chance for individuals and families to sign up for affordable health insurance plans.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This Congress Should Take The Opportunity To Make Progress For Pregnant Workers

When Congress reconvenes, members will have a chance to show America’s families that progress is possible. Rather than continuing a dismal record of inaction, they should use this lame duck session to move the country forward.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

September 30, 2016 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact. Today marks 40 years of the Hyde Amendment. It may be impossible to fully grasp the extraordinary harm this punitive policy has done.

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From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet and Sarah Fleisch Fink

A Double Bind: When States Deny Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Expecting and New Parents

It’s the most basic of rights and foundational to our ability to thrive: Every person should have the freedom to decide if, when and how to raise a family. But for many women struggling to make ends meet, this is not reality.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Cannot Remain a Nation of Paid Leave Haves and Have-Nots

September 26, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

New data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate how far the country still has to go when it comes to paid leave access.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Momentum in Minnesota: 68,300 Workers in St. Paul Will Gain Paid Sick Days

September 13, 2016

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a paid sick days ordinance on September 7. When fully implemented, the law will guarantee approximately 68,300 additional private sector workers in the city the right to earn paid sick time. This is the second paid sick days win in Minnesota this year, following Minneapolis’s victory in May. Advocates now have their sights set on making Duluth next.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Kind of Paid Leave Program the Country Needs

Sometimes we simply have to pause to say: Wow! At the National Partnership, we’ve pioneered education and advocacy to advance family and medical leave in this country.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Airbnb Takes a Strong Stand Against Discrimination

September 8, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Those of us who have spent our careers fighting discrimination in all its forms have been deeply concerned by reports of bias by Airbnb hosts, and allegations that Airbnb’s platform might have helped facilitate some of the discrimination. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president. It’s well worth taking a moment to appreciate his deep and enduring commitment to equal opportunity for women in the workplace.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president.

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Carol Sakala, Director of Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

A New Look (and Updated Content) for ChildbirthConnection.org

Co-author(s): Maureen Corry
September 1, 2016 | Health Care > Maternity

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated ChildbirthConnection.org – our online hub for evidence-based information on childbirth and maternity care. 

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From the desk of ... Debra Ness, David Lansky, Richard Gilfillan, Fran Soistman and Jay Cohen

How Person-Centered Is Your Health Care Organization?

August 30, 2016 | Health Care

The movement to transform the country’s health care delivery system has been underway for several years now, and some moments of truth are approaching. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Activism Can Change the Landscape for Expecting and New Parents

August 26, 2016 | Work and Family

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Failing Our Families

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must make reasonable accommodations that allow you to continue working through your pregnancy, all depend on where you work.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Paid Sick Days Advocates Help Bring Paid Sick Days Access to All-Time High

July 27, 2016

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that the tireless work of paid sick days advocates and thoughtful lawmakers across the country is making a real difference. Sixty-four percent of private sector workers can now earn paid sick time, compared to 61 percent in 2015. That is the highest share on record – and it means millions more workers have gained access to paid sick days.

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From the desk of ... Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women Foundation and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Clinic, Repro Health Watch

Pedal to the Metal: Trust Women in Oklahoma

Two weeks after Dr. George Tiller was assassinated at his church, I told his wife I was going to re-establish abortion services in Wichita, Kansas.

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