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.
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.
In 2014, Tennessee enacted a law that threatens women with jail time if they give birth to babies who are shown to have been affected by the use of narcotics during pregnancy.
When you spend most of your days walking the halls of Congress advocating for policies you truly believe in, you quickly learn that some days are special.
Megan is the mother of a child with a rare genetic syndrome. Here, she shares her story of overcoming many obstacles – from high fees to puzzling policies and procedures – to get copies of her daughter’s medical records so she can better coordinate her care.
23 years. During that time, you can raise and put a child through college. Transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Move the country from “don’t ask, don’t tell” to marriage equality for all.
We continue our Tracer Series this week by sharing common roadblocks Tracers have faced when they tried to get and use their health data.
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.
This week, we’re kicking off our series of Tracer stories by sharing stories from two patients who requested their health data and reported back to us about their experiences.
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.
2016. This is it: the year I get my cholesterol under control. It’s not an easy New Year’s resolution, but it’s one I’m confident I can keep track of, in part because I have 24/7 access to my health records.
Two years after the FAMILY Act was first introduced, paid leave is on the horizon in the United States.
Exactly one week ago, the D.C. City Council held its first hearing on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, a proposal that would create a much-needed paid family and medical leave insurance program that would make paid leave accessible to virtually every worker in the District.
In an ideal world, abortion providers would lead lives just like any other medical professional. However, in the highly charged environment we live in, abortion providers’ lives are different.
Why do we, as a nation, make it so difficult for our children to thrive? How can we do better? These are the important questions asked in a powerful new film.
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.
As the 2016 open enrollment period begins, it’s worth reflecting on how far we’ve come: Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, 17.6 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage.
Last month, pro-choice Ohioans and legislators gathered outside the Statehouse as we have done time and again. But this time something was different.
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.
National Boss Day is a reminder that, for millions of Americans, having a family friendly workplace is like winning the lottery.
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