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From the desk of ... Jessica Mason

Let’s Not Repeat the Mistakes of the Past With Worker Protections

Eighty years ago today, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the cornerstone of labor protections for working people in the United States – was enacted. While its protections for working people remain in place today, so, unfortunately, do its exclusions, which disproportionately harm women and people of color.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Helping Men Care: Father’s Day is the Perfect Time to Fight for Paid Leave

Today’s dads aren’t the same as their own fathers. One indication of the change is the fact that fathers in the United States have nearly tripled the time they spend caring for children since 1965. But our paternity leave policies and the uptake of leave haven’t kept up with the change. It’s time to press the update button.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Let’s Press for Progress on Gender Equality Through a Strong U.S. Paid Leave Policy

On International Women's Day, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the United States is an international outlier when it comes to paid leave.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Celebrating 25 Years of the FMLA With a Resounding Call for Paid Leave for All

February 9, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As this wrap up shows, there is tremendous strength, diversity, passion and clout behind the vibrant movement to win paid family and medical leave for all.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why Paid Leave Means... Everything

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo

Twenty-five years after we won a national unpaid leave law, it's time to finally win paid leave.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Fighting for Families Means Fighting for National Paid Family and Medical Leave

February 4, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As part of SiX's 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Vicki Shabo comments on the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and importance of a national paid leave plan that doesn't leave anyone behind.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Family and Medical Leave Means a Stronger Nation

Our country is in the midst of an extraordinary, long-overdue moment. In historic ways, women and our allies are coming together to demand change, and guaranteeing paid family and medical leave for all is essential to winning that fight.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Don’t Just Tell Grandparents You Care, Fight for Their Ability to Care and Be Cared For

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the millions of grandparents who provide so much for our families and our country. Our nation’s grandparents are not only treasured members of our families; they also take on significant caregiving and breadwinning responsibilities.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Watershed Moment: Sheryl Sandberg Endorses the FAMILY Act

August 9, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Sandberg's support gives a major boost to the FAMILY Act, the next step in making America family friendly.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Continuing to Move the Country Toward Paid Family and Medical Leave for All

August 4, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

The 24th anniversary of the FMLA taking effect is a reminder that the pace of progress varies over time and, even on the days when the odds seem stacked against us, people can and will keep moving the country forward.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave in the States in 2017

As many federal lawmakers were focused on rolling back and undermining the rights of people across the country this year, some state lawmakers considered bills aimed at helping people.

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Debra L. Ness, President

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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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