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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Getting Back on Track with Family Friendly Policies

October 31, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

As National Work and Family Month drew to a close this time last year, working families were hopeful that the upcoming election would mean that the economy would turn around, families would regain control of their finances and economic security, and the country would finally get back on track after a crippling recession.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Dispatches from Denver

October 13, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

This year, we have achieved significant victories in our work to ensure more working people have the right to earn paid sick days.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Connecticut Poll: Paid Sick Days are a Voting Issue

Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a law offering many workers the right to earn paid sick days.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

The Supreme Court's one-two punch: Class actions in the wake of Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T v. Concepcion

With the recent decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court weakened the ability of individuals to band together in class action lawsuits to challenge corporate misconduct.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

220 Reasons That Paid Sick Days Campaigns Will Succeed

Momentum and support for paid sick days policies in this country are growing like never before.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Report Quantifies Paid Sick Days' Value to Working Families

For working families today, paid sick days can mean the difference between staying afloat and being unable to afford basic expenses like food and transportation - and this lifeline comes at minimal or no cost to businesses.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days Standards Promote LGBT Health

As we near the end of LGBT Health Awareness Week — a time to focus on eliminating the health disparities and health care discrimination faced by the LGBT community — we cannot forget the role that access to health care plays in promoting the health and well-being of LGBT workers and their families.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

San Francisco Paid Sick Days Law Is A Proven Success

February 10, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

A new study released today shows that San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) — the first citywide paid sick days standard in the country — has been proven a success.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Data a Sobering Reminder that Nation's Policies are Failing Millions of Workers, Families

January 12, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Few workplace policies in the United States recognize the dual demands of work and family. Our lack of a paid sick time standard is a prime example. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Step in the Right Direction

December 17, 2010 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Our country needs more adequate, reasonable and flexible sick leave policies. Tens of millions of workers in this country don't have a single paid sick day. Many of those who do can't use them to meet their family's health needs. As a result, kids and their parents are forced to go to school or work sick, contagion spreads, and public health suffers.

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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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Rachna Choudhry, Policy Manager

From the desk of ... Rachna Choudhry

The View from Capitol Hill

In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation's lawmakers and their staff. It's a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it — and often they have an experience to share.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Survey: People Need, Want Paid Sick Days

Do you worry about losing your job when you get sick? If you're like 40 million other workers in this country, perhaps you should!

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Rachna Choudhry, Policy Manager

From the desk of ... Rachna Choudhry

Next Up: Paid Sick Days for 30 Million Workers

It's hard to believe, but the sick truth is tens of millions of workers in the good ole U. S. of A. don't have a single paid sick day.

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Eleanor Allen, Grants Manager and Development Writer

From the desk of ... Eleanor Allen

Wal-Mart's Demerit Practice Makes Me Sick

December 16, 2009 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Given the recent news about Wal-Mart's sick days practice, we all may want to think twice about shopping there this holiday season—which regrettably overlaps with cold and flu season.

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Karen Pesapane, Senior Development Associate

From the desk of ... Karen Pesapane

Does Your Child Care Center Provide Paid Sick Days?

September 28, 2009 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps updating its guidelines to help child care and early childhood programs - - and all of us - - respond to influenza during the 2009-2010 flu season.

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Rachna Choudhry, Policy Manager

From the desk of ... Rachna Choudhry

With H1N1 Spreading this Labor Day: We Need Paid Sick Days, Not Another iPhone App

September 4, 2009 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

As schools reopen and cooler, drier temperatures return here to Washington, D.C., the nation waits for the second wave of the H1N1 flu to hit us.

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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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