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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Anniversary a Time to Commit to a New Wave of Workplace Reforms

March 24, 2011 | Work and Family
Locked doors. It's one of the many reasons that 146 workers - mainly young immigrant women - died in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City 100 years ago today. Even though great progress has been made since then, workers today are trapped by a different kind of locked door: public and workplace policies that too often are unfair and force workers to make impossible choices between their caregiving responsibilities and their economic security.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

On the FMLA Anniversary, Let's Focus on the Unmet Needs of Working Families

February 5, 2011 | Work and Family

18 years. That's how long the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been in place. It was the first bill President Clinton signed into law and it remains one of the proudest accomplishments of his presidency.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

California Passes the Nation's Paid Family Leave Test

February 3, 2011 | Work and Family
More than eight years ago, California lawmakers showed a historic commitment to working families in their state by establishing the nation's first paid family leave program. Earlier this month, six-and-a-half years after the program was implemented, the results of its test are in—and they send a compelling message to employers, workers and lawmakers throughout the country.

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From the desk of ... Megan Renner

Real Family Values

January 25, 2011 | Work and Family

Every year roughly four million women give birth in the United States, and most of them (more than three-quarters) start out breastfeeding. Study after study has affirmed the value of breastfeeding in protecting both mothers and children from a host of acute and chronic diseases and conditions, saving billions in health care costs. Breastfeeding mothers also report feeling more closely bonded with their babies—a factor which may lower the risk of postpartum depression.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Success is Inevitable

November 9, 2010 | Work and Family

Today's working families are juggling 'Ozzie and Harriet' policies in a web 2.0 world, and it's simply not sustainable. Workers are struggling to care for their families while both parents hold jobs. Families are straining to meet increasing child- and eldercare responsibilities. Parents have little savings to fall back on, and few jobs - and even fewer good jobs - to apply for, should they lose the jobs they have.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Changing the Game: Workplace Flexibility for All

November 4, 2010 | Work and Family
The National Partnership was pleased to be invited to participate in the National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility in smaller businesses, sponsored by the White House and U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas, Texas last month. This event was the first of four National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility events, scheduled for 2010 and 2011. Next up is a regional event in Atlanta next week focused on workplace flexibility in the health care industry.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days - On Hold for Too Long

Throughout the long, hot summer — despite the veto-proof majority in the New York City Council, despite the endless terrible experiences of workers who've been forced to work sick, despite the loads of testimony in favor of the Paid Sick Time Act — New York's proposed paid sick days law has remained in limbo. 

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Five ways to show your grandparents you care

Sunday was National Grandparents Day - and this year, we can do more for our grandparents than send candy or flowers. Let's take action to improve the health and economic security of our grandparents — and all of America's grandparents.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

What you shouldn't have to expect when you're expecting

July 23, 2010 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

Owning your own home has long been a central part of the American Dream. It's as American as baseball, apple pie and mom. But according to this column in the New York Times, a lot of moms and moms-to-be are getting short shrift.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

This Morning at the White House...

July 20, 2010 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

They'll be talking about you and me, when Vice President Biden hosts an event focusing on some of the issues that matter most to women's economic security: equal pay and work-family policies.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

This Fathers' Day, Congress Should Show that it Remembers Dads and Moms Too

June 18, 2010 | Work and Family

On Sunday, people around the country will be finding a way to show our fathers what an important role they play in our lives. So it's ironic that this week Congress missed a chance to show the American people that it understands that dads—and moms, too—deserve policies to help them meet work and family needs.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

New Moms Benefit from Health Reform

April 15, 2010 | Health Care | Work and Family

"Can't you just use the bathroom?"

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

A First Family That Puts Families First!

April 1, 2010 | Work and Family

At night after the kids are in bed, most working couples have "kitchen table" talks. Who's going to meet with a teacher, or stay home with a sick child? Who can take mom to the doctor on Friday? Which bills can we pay this week?

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

FMLA: After 17 Years, It's Time to Take the Next Step

February 5, 2010 | Work and Family
The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 17 today.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... Kesia Brown, Repro Health Watch

Pregnancy Discrimination On Wisteria Lane!

January 10, 2010 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

If you haven't seen the latest episodes of Desperate Housewives, you have missed more than just the usual melodrama swirling around the residents of Wisteria Lane. A new storyline may be all-too-familiar to many viewers — a woman facing pregnancy discrimination on the job.

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From the desk of ... Jody Heymann

What Are Lawmakers Afraid Of?

November 17, 2009 | Work and Family

For decades, we've debated whether the United States can afford to provide more family-friendly workplace policies and protections, and whether doing so will increase unemployment and harm our economic competitiveness.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Huge Loss for the Nation

August 26, 2009 | Other | Health Care | Work and Family
When Senator Edward M. Kennedy lost his battle with cancer, our nation lost a real champion of justice and equality, a man who truly understood the struggles of families in the United States, and a passionate, effective and tireless advocate for women's and civil rights. At the National Partnership for Women & Families, we also lost a dear friend.

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Steffany Stern, Policy Analyst

From the desk of ... Steffany Stern

Start Spreading the News: Paid Sick Days Coming to NYC

Campaigns to make paid sick days a basic workplace standard have sprung up around the country—and now New York City is getting in on the action.

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