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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Leave Should Be Time to Care – for All of Us

Imagine your elderly mother has pneumonia and you can’t afford time off to care for her. Imagine your husband was injured while serving in Iraq and you can’t be there during his recovery.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

America’s Moms Deserve Better Than Policies That Leave Them Behind

Trump’s budget proposal includes dramatic changes to health care and a very limited paid leave policy that ignores the importance of medical leave for new moms.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Leave Shouldn’t Be a Laughing Matter

February 8, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Laughing so we don’t cry is a coping mechanism for many of us these days. It can also inspire meaningful action.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A National Paid Leave Plan Must Check All the Boxes

December 12, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Lawmakers must not forget the principles that make a sound, effective policy — or the stories of people that illustrate why they are so important.

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From the desk of ... Julia Kortrey

10 Reasons Why Millennials Like Me Should Push for Paid Leave

November 7, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Millennial voices are too often missing from the national conversation about paid leave. Here’s why that must change. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Cannot Remain a Nation of Paid Leave Haves and Have-Nots

September 26, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

New data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate how far the country still has to go when it comes to paid leave access.

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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

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

It’s Time to Stop Claiming Businesses Oppose Paid Leave Policies

Last week, through a leaked internal poll, we gained even more evidence that business support for paid family and medical leave is strong.

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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Should Be Talking About When America Guarantees Paid Leave — Not If

December 12, 2015 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Two years after the FAMILY Act was first introduced, paid leave is on the horizon in the United States. 

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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

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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