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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On its 21st Anniversary, a New Guide to the FMLA

Twenty-one years ago today, the nation’s first – and only – federal law designed to help people manage the dual demands of work and family took effect. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

On Monday, hundreds of lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, administration officials and President Obama will gather for a historic White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Family Friendly Policy and Culture Changes Would Be the Best Father’s Day Gift

The gifts, greeting cards and time that will be shared for Father's Day are wonderful, heartwarming tributes. But lawmakers should pay tribute, too, with policy changes.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is here. That means that if you're like many people, you've recently spent some time asking yourself what your mother (or the mothers in your life) need. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Family Friendly Workplaces

For a country that claims to value families, the United States does little to show it when it comes to the workplace.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Making History for Women and Families

At the National Partnership, we couldn’t be more inspired to make history on the issues of paramount importance to women and their families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014

With demand on the rise for measures that will make our country more healthy, fair and family friendly, the National Partnership convened a special congressional briefing to discuss the policies women and families want this year.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The FMLA at 21: What a Difference a Year Makes!

One year ago, we recognized the historic 20th anniversary of the FMLA and called on lawmakers to prioritize family friendly workplace policies. Today, on the law’s 21st anniversary, we can point to considerable progress. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing Women and Families in 2014

Following President Obama’s historic call for paid leave in the State of the Union, nearly 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall to discuss the need for a women’s economic agenda.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Today, the Newark City Council built on the strong momentum we have seen around paid sick days already in 2014 by passing a paid sick days standard for New Jersey’s largest city.

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Good News for New Jersey's Working Families

New Jersey became a little more family friendly last week.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Employer Trends Signal Need for National Workplace Standards

CareerBuilder has identified seven employer trends that job seekers should keep in mind this year. The top trends create even more urgency for national workplace standards.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Major Victory for D.C.

D.C. Mayor Gray signed a measure to expand the District’s paid sick days law to cover an additional 20,000 tipped restaurant and bar workers.

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A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

From paid sick days and paid leave victories to the introduction of the FAMILY Act, 2013 was a year of great progress for America’s working families. And 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. 

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

We Must All Become Advocates

We can – and will – continue to make progress toward a more fair and family friendly nation by winning the fight for policies like the FAMILY Act. But it’s going to take hard work. And we must all become advocates. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Tonight, the City Council in Newark, New Jersey, built on the great momentum we’ve seen around common sense paid sick days policies this year by passing its own standard. 

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D.C. Poised to Strengthen Paid Sick Days Law

It’s a good day for D.C. Today, the City Council voted unanimously to strengthen the District’s paid sick days law to cover more workers.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Coalition “Rallies” in Support of the FAMILY Act

More than 400 organizations have joined together to push for passage of the FAMILY Act. To mark its introduction, coalition members published blog posts, issued press statements, wrote op-eds and more.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The FAMILY Act—Legislation the Nation Needs Now

We have been proud to partner with Working Mother in recent years to galvanize support for a national paid leave program. Today, we celebrate a tremendous and exciting step forward in that effort.

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