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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 ... 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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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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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

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

What Advice Would You Give Young Women in the Workplace?

April 21, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

MTV asked that question as it announced its 79% Work Clock and effort to call attention to the gender wage gap. This was my response.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2016

“These issues should be at the top of our national agenda.” That was the message Sen. Cory Booker delivered at the National Partnership’s annual congressional briefing. 

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Rachel Lyons, Senior Government Affairs Manager

From the desk of ... Rachel Lyons

An Inspiring Day of Action on Paid Leave

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.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Voters Say It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave

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.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Big Step: D.C. City Council Holds First Hearing on Paid Leave Proposal

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.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Leave and The Raising of America

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.

 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Having a Family Friendly Workplace Should Not Depend on Winning the ‘Boss Lottery’

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Paid Leave Investment, Business Coalition Pave the Way for Even More Progress

New state and local paid leave grants and a unique coalition of companies committed to advancing paid leave are helping pave the way for the national program the country needs.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Labor Day to Remember!

This morning in Boston, President Obama will announce much-needed actions that will make our nation more family friendly.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women’s Equality Depends on Equal Access to Family Friendly Workplace Policies

This Women's Equality Day, in light of all the recent attention to paid leave, let's remind Congress that the fight for equal rights for women is far from over.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What the Overtime Proposal is Really About

The U.S. Department of Labor's proposal to update the country's overtime rules is about our future, and we all have a tremendous amount at stake.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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

Our new series of fact sheets put into stark relief just how much access to paid sick days in this country still depends on where you live and the job you hold.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Once you're done showing your love and appreciation for the fathers in your life, take a minute to ask the dads who represent you in Congress to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About

Navigating the workplace — not to mention workplace politics — can be a challenge for pregnant employees.

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