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We've seen how earned sick days improve lives. It makes workplaces better

A survey by the National Partnership for Women and Families found that nearly one quarter of U.S. adults have been fired or threatened with job loss for taking time off to recover from an illness or caring for a dependent.

News Coverage | May 1, 2018 | Work and Family

Here's How Much the Royal Baby's Birth Cost, Compared to the Average American's

“It’s mostly healthy moms and healthy babies, so these costs are pretty shocking from that point of view,” Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, told MONEY.

News Coverage | April 23, 2018 | Maternity

Equal Pay Day: How does your state stack up on pay equity for women?

Overall, it amounts to $10,000 in lost wages a year, says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. That chunk of cash could pay for 14 more months of child care, 74 more weeks of groceries and an additional 10 months of rent for the average woman.

News Coverage | April 10, 2018 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

1 in 3 Americans Don’t Know That a Gender Wage Gap Exists, Survey Says

Nearly 75% of adults in the United States say losing 20% of their salary would be a major problem or crisis. Twenty percent is a big deal. Yet right now, women as a whole are paid 20% less than men. Women of color are paid even less.

News Coverage | April 10, 2018 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Fighting for America’s Health

Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Debra Ness, President and CEO of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a non-profit organization fighting for access to quality health care for all Americans, especially women and children. She discusses the [National Partnership's] advocacy efforts that have informed policies such as the Family Leave Act, the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act.

News Coverage | April 9, 2018 | Health Care, Work and Family

The Supreme Court Should #EndTheLies

“[This is] about the simple proposition that women seeking health care deserve the truth,” Debra L. Ness, the President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said. “Women deserve unbiased information about their health care options. We have the right to transparent, truthful health information.”

News Coverage | March 29, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

[Judith] Lichtman is a senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women & Families. She says [Roger] Severino's actions ... suggest he intends to protect people who want to discriminate against women who want birth control or abortions, which she points out are legal health care services.

News Coverage | March 20, 2018 | Health Care

New Report: In a Large Majority of States, 'Bad Medicine' Abortion Restrictions Undermine Abortion Care and Access - MarketWatch

"When anti-abortion lawmakers actively promote junk science and enshrine it into statute, women suffer," said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president for reproductive health and rights at the National Partnership. "Bad medicine abortion restrictions are the result of this kind of harmful, ideological policymaking, and it must stop."

News Coverage | March 7, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Trump Administration Moves to Allow Short-Term, Non-ACA-Compliant Health Policies - Stateline

“In yet another attack on the health and economic security of women and families, the Trump administration today released a proposed rule that would destabilize the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace and drive up costs for women and people with pre-existing conditions,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 20, 2018 | Health Care

Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security - New York Times

“Here you have a situation where women live longer, but they tend to live both sicker and poorer because of the caregiving they do,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit that champions women’s economic security. “With this proposal, we would be asking them to borrow against the already inadequate support they receive from Social Security.”

News Coverage | February 20, 2018 | Work and Family

Sen. Tammy Duckworth raises questions about maternity leave while in office - USA TODAY

“It’s interesting that we’re needing to decide how she should be treated in this situation when we’re not having the same conversations about other members with medical needs,” Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, said.

News Coverage | February 15, 2018 | Work and Family

Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio want a paid family leave plan that critics say will hurt women - Business Insider

Vicki Shabo, vice president at the non-profit National Partnership for Women & Families, said the system would "reinforce caregiving norms" and "jeopardize" Social Security.

News Coverage | February 13, 2018 | Work and Family

5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave - Next Avenue

“People often assume the law only applies to moms and babies, but the most common use is to deal with your own health issue,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 7, 2018 | Work and Family

As the Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 25, the Country Urgently Needs a National Paid Leave Plan - PR Newswire

"It is past time for Congress to fulfill the promise of the FMLA by passing a national paid family and medical leave plan. But not just any plan will do. Lawmakers should consider the evidence and support the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the leading paid leave proposal in Congress."

News Coverage | February 5, 2018 | Work and Family

How Does Paid Leave Help Families? A Lot Is At Risk On Such An Important Anniversary - Romper

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement on the anniversary of the FMLA, "As a nation, we have reached an extraordinary moment of consensus and conviction in the national effort to win paid family and medical leave for all. ... But the details matter tremendously and key policy principles are essential to ensuring that the national plan we adopt will be affordable, sustainable, inclusive and effective."

News Coverage | February 5, 2018 | Work and Family

What Maternity Leave Looks Like When You're a Sitting Senator - Glamour

"The Family and Medical Leave Act [FMLA] provides only 12 weeks of unpaid leave around the birth or adoption of a child," says Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at National Partnership for Women & Families. "So it's up to employers across the country, including employers in congress like Senators [to decide] whether they offer pay during that time."

News Coverage | January 25, 2018 | Work and Family

Starbucks expands its paid sick leave and parental leave after tax cuts — and employee requests - Washington Post

Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies for the National Partnership for Women & Families, called the paid sick leave program “an extremely welcome sign” and said in an interview that Starbucks had “essentially taken what paid sick leave policies say and extended that to their entire workforce."

News Coverage | January 24, 2018 | Work and Family

Tax Bill Provision Designed To Spur Paid Family Leave To Lower-Wage Workers - Kaiser Health News

That view is shared by Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group, who said it will primarily benefit workers at companies already offering paid family leave. The new tax credit “just perpetuates the boss lottery,” she added.

News Coverage | January 23, 2018 | Work and Family

Opponents say controversial new HHS ‘religious freedom’ division a ‘prescription for discrimination’ - Fierce Healthcare

Saying the new division is a way to sanction discrimination in healthcare, Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, called it “misguided” and “mean-spirited.”

News Coverage | January 19, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Why most employees still won’t report sexual harassment - Marketplace

The movement may be divided, but there's still progress, according to Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “I think the important thing right now is we’re having the conversation – that some of these experiences that people have faced, are being surfaced,” she said.

News Coverage | January 19, 2018 | Workplace Fairness

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