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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Equality Depends on Family Friendly Workplace Policies Like Paid Sick Days

Ninety-two years ago, women in the United States celebrated the greatest step in our march toward equality: the ratification of the 19th Amendment, affirming our right to vote.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Day for the History Books on Women's Health

August 2, 2012 | Work and Family
There are some important dates for American women to remember and teach to our daughters.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

An Energizing Event for Family Friendly Policy Advocates

July 23, 2012 | Work and Family
This month, more than 200 advocates from across the country were here in Washington, D.C., to discuss best practices and next steps in the effort to increase working families' access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Yahoo Sets an Example by Hiring a Pregnant CEO, But There's More to the Story for Working Mothers

July 18, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Ever since the news broke this week that Yahoo has hired Marissa Mayer to be its new chief executive officer, the media has been abuzz about the fact that she'll be the first-ever pregnant CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Looking Past the 'Having it All' Distraction

June 27, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Yet again, we're in the midst of a media firestorm over women's roles in our workplaces and our families.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 out of 51? Dads Expect Better

June 17, 2012 | Work and Family
This weekend, we celebrate dads. Fathers serve as both breadwinners and caregivers in most families, just as women do. And that's why our nation's dads a well as its moms need workplace policies that are more family friendly.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

An Underhanded Threat to Working Families in Louisiana and Throughout the Country

May 30, 2012 | Work and Family
Over the past year, some workers and their families have rested a little easier knowing they will be able to recover from illness or help a family member do so without sacrificing much-needed income.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

As Older Americans Month Draws to a Close, Let's Not Forget the Older Adults and Caregivers Who Need Us

May 29, 2012 | Work and Family
May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor and show appreciation for the older adults in our lives and our communities.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Beyond Mother's Day: Continuing the Commitment to Working Mothers and Families

May 15, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
As families throughout the country were making their Mother's Day plans, some lawmakers were similarly focused on America's women. But unlike the short-lived events of Mother's Day weekend, their attention was on the kind of support and family friendly policies mothers and working families need year round.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

May 8, 2012 | Work and Family
On Sunday, millions of mothers will be celebrated and honored -- some for the first time, and others as part of a fun family ritual.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Study Shows It's Time to Invest in Paid Leave for U.S. Workers and Families

May 4, 2012 | Work and Family
It is no secret that millions of women are both breadwinners and caregivers for their families, the country is rebuilding its economy, and - at the same time - many federal and state lawmakers are trying to figure out how to reduce spending.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Supreme Court Erodes State Workers' FMLA Rights

By a narrow majority, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals has eroded the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness, injury, or pregnancy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Widespread Inequality in the Restaurant Industry Means Hardship for Women Workers

February 13, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
There are more than 10 million restaurant workers in the United States. The majority are women. These are the hosts and hostesses who greet us, the waiters and waitresses who serve us, the bartenders who fill our drink orders, the attendants and dishwashers who clean up after us, set up our tables, and more.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

19 Years

February 5, 2012 | Work and Family
That's how long it's been since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Legislation America Needs

February 3, 2012 | Work and Family
On Wednesday morning, at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) described for the first time sweeping new legislation that he plans to introduce this spring: the Rebuild America Act.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Study Documents Troubling Trends in Retail Industry

January 24, 2012 | Work and Family
Retail is the nation's second-largest sector and one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Study Makes a Strong Case for a National Paid Leave Policy

January 19, 2012 | Work and Family
At a time when working families are struggling, the economy is in trouble, and the need for family friendly workplace policies is high, a groundbreaking new study demonstrates that paid leave is good for working families, businesses and our economy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

At Stake: A Fundamental Protection for Millions of Workers

January 12, 2012 | Work and Family
It may be the single most important law ever passed to address the needs of workers trying to meet their work and family responsibilities.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Supreme Court to Decide State Workers' Rights Under FMLA

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral argument today in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals - a case that could erode the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected, unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Toward a More Family Friendly Nation

January 4, 2012 | Work and Family
It's not literally the 99 percent versus the privileged few, but it's one of the most noteworthy divides I have seen.

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