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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Take It From Moms: America’s Families Need the FAMILY Act

December 12, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Stephanie was the sole breadwinner for her family when her twins were born three months early and had to be hospitalized.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fighting Back: The Women’s Health Protection Act

December 3, 2013 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

The Women's Health Protection Act would support women’s ability to make personal health care decisions unhindered by callous and unnecessary state regulations.

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From the desk of ... Cianti Stewart-Reid, Repro Health Watch

A New Direction for Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights in Virginia

Voters in Virginia faced a clear choice when it came to women’s health and reproductive rights in the Virginia governor’s race.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Map: The Preemption Trend Continues

November 22, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Support for paid sick days continues to grow. Meanwhile, opponents continue trying to thwart paid sick days efforts through "preemption" legislation.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

How Do I Get to Healthy?

What if, instead of plugging in your destination address, you could ask for directions to get to healthy?

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We Must Honor the Affordable Care Act’s Commitment to Women

November 15, 2013 | Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes key provisions of paramount importance to women... 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Expanding Access to Family Leave in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2013 | Work and Family

As the organization that drafted and led the fight for the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the National Partnership knows that it was always meant to be a first step in helping people meet their work and family needs.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress on ENDA is a Long Overdue Step for Fairness

November 5, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Across the country, eight million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers put in the same hours and make the same contributions as their co-workers, yet no federal law protects them from unequal, harmful treatment. 

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Setting the Record Straight on Guaranteed Maternity Coverage

November 1, 2013 | Health Care

Requiring all marketplace plans to include maternity coverage not only guarantees that women are treated equally in the insurance market, it also protects women and families from exorbitant pregnancy-related medical bills. We should all be embracing these benefits, not disparaging them.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Then and Now: Pregnancy Discrimination Hurts Women and Their Families

It's the early 1970s. The women's movement has made great strides. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," featuring independent, career woman Mary Richards, is climbing the ratings charts... 

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From the desk of ... Tannia Esparza, Repro Health Watch

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Decisions: Albuquerque Communities Respect Decisions About Abortion

“Mija, I think that a woman should make her own decision about abortion for herself. It’s her body and no one is in her shoes to decide for her.” These are the words of my father, a proud immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, a domestic worker, a brother to five sisters and a father to three daughters.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

October 30, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Jersey City just became the first city in the Garden State with a paid sick days law. Now, the Newark City Council has taken a critical step toward doing the same in the state’s largest city. 

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

It's Official: Jersey City Will Guarantee Paid Sick Days

October 21, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed the nation’s seventh paid sick days law, securing the city’s position as a leader for working families and bringing us closer to the day all workers have the right to earn sick days.

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From the desk of ... Amy Allina, Repro Health Watch

Taking Bold Action to Lift Abortion Coverage Bans: States and Cities Lead the Way

Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, Charleston, West Virginia wouldn’t at first glance seem to have much in common with Cerritos College, a predominantly Latino community college with its campus in Los Angeles...

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Welcome to the Health Insurance Marketplace!

Get the details on health care coverage and the new Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Jersey City Poised to Establish the Nation's Next Paid Sick Days Law

September 25, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The Jersey City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to guarantee workers can earn sick days, demonstrating its commitment to the city and its residents.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

One Year Later: A Stronger Seattle

Seattle’s paid sick days law was signed two years ago today, and a new report reveals some great news about the strength of the city’s job market and its businesses since the law took effect one year ago. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Bitter Pill: New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is Largely Unchanged Since 2002

September 18, 2013 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the gap between the wages paid to women and men in this country has not improved in the last 11 years. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Time to Strengthen D.C.'s Paid Sick Days Law

September 17, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The D.C. City Council made history in 2008 when it passed the nation’s second paid sick days law. Today, the Council has a chance to build on the law’s unqualified success and help realize its full promise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Victory for Home Care Workers and the Nation

September 17, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Today, in a tremendous victory for home care workers, fair pay, quality care and the nation, the Labor Department issued regulations that will extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 

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