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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Welcome to the Health Insurance Marketplace!

Get the details on health care coverage and the new Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Jersey City Poised to Establish the Nation's Next Paid Sick Days Law

September 25, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The Jersey City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to guarantee workers can earn sick days, demonstrating its commitment to the city and its residents.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

One Year Later: A Stronger Seattle

Seattle’s paid sick days law was signed two years ago today, and a new report reveals some great news about the strength of the city’s job market and its businesses since the law took effect one year ago. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Bitter Pill: New Census Data Show Gender-Based Wage Gap Is Largely Unchanged Since 2002

September 18, 2013 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the gap between the wages paid to women and men in this country has not improved in the last 11 years. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Time to Strengthen D.C.'s Paid Sick Days Law

September 17, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

The D.C. City Council made history in 2008 when it passed the nation’s second paid sick days law. Today, the Council has a chance to build on the law’s unqualified success and help realize its full promise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Victory for Home Care Workers and the Nation

September 17, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Today, in a tremendous victory for home care workers, fair pay, quality care and the nation, the Labor Department issued regulations that will extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Realizing the Value of Health IT: Jumpstarting Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities

Health disparities and health information technology (IT). Those two issues aren’t linked very often, but they should be, and National Health IT Week presents a great opportunity to talk about why. Health information technology is a valuable tool we can use to reduce disparities for millions of Americans and improve the quality of health care.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Jersey City Takes a Great Step Toward a Sick Days Standard

September 11, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Members of the City Council in Jersey City, New Jersey, have taken an exciting step toward guaranteeing all workers in the city have the right to earn sick days. This is great news for the city, the state and paid sick days efforts across the country. 

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From the desk of ... Adrian Nava, Scarlett Jimenez , Repro Health Watch

Youth Activism for Sex Education

As educators, advocates, and allies of sexual health, we often ask ourselves why we are still having conversations about the implementation and support of comprehensive sexuality education for young people across the nation.

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National Partnership Staff

Campaigns Heat Up, Progress Continues

September 9, 2013

Summer may be coming to an end, but some efforts to advance paid sick days standards across the country are just starting to heat up.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Good News from Businesses in Connecticut

September 9, 2013

Less than two weeks into this year, we have already celebrated a new paid sick days law in Portland, Ore., and a major victory in the effort to expand D.C.’s existing paid sick days law to cover tipped workers.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Honoring America’s Grandparents

September 8, 2013 | Work and Family

Grandparents Day is a time to celebrate grandparents and the many ways they support and unite our families. It’s also a moment to consider whether we as a nation are doing all that we can to honor their contributions. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Bittersweet Labor Day

August 30, 2013 | Work and Family

Labor Day is a time to pay tribute to the enormous contributions of working people in this country. It is also a time for those of us who seek fairness and equality for all workers to consider how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. This year in particular, these reflections seem bittersweet.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

"Meaningful Use" of Health IT: What the FACA?!

What happens when you put a couple of dozen doctors, technology vendors, consumer advocates, researchers, public health officials, state legislators and others in a room and ask them to agree on exactly what it means to ‘meaningfully use’ electronic health records? Not as many fights as you’d think. And thanks to the Federal Advisory Committees Act [1] – which created the FACAs responsible for creating the first draft of Meaningful Use criteria – we know!

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

Health IT, From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

An Opportunity to Reduce Health Disparities that We Cannot Afford to Waste

One of America’s greatest assets is its incredible diversity. Today, one in five people in this country age five and older speak a language other than English at home. The U.S. Hispanic population has reached 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the population increase since 2000.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

An Unfinished Agenda

August 26, 2013 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

It has been 93 years since women gained the right to vote. A lot has changed in those years.

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National Partnership Staff

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A Day to Remember, A March That Must Continue

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of men and women came together in Washington, D.C., for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty years later, the march continues.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

When is a Supervisor Not a Supervisor?

In June, the US Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to workers' rights in Vance v. Ball State University, a case that could have a chilling impact on victims of harassment and America's civil rights laws.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Ensuring Fairer, More Family Friendly Workplaces for All

August 7, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

People across the country experience the challenges that come from our nation’s outdated workplace policies. But the strain between responsibilities at home and on the job is especially acute when a baby is born or a new child arrives.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Two Decades of the FMLA: 100 Million Stories and a Strong Case for the Next Step

August 5, 2013 | Work and Family

Twenty years ago today, for the first time in our nation’s history, tens of millions of people had the right to take time away from work to address the health and caregiving needs we all face at some point in our lives.

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