“The progress we have seen in recent years is hugely important, not just because of those who have been helped, but also because we now have an irrefutable body of evidence demonstrating that paid sick days policies work well for employers as well as workers,” said Ness, pointing to research showing how paid sick time has little impact on profitability and in some cases has boosted productivity among workers.
“For 45 years, she has been blazing a trail for women in Congress,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. “From health care to reproductive rights to fair pay to child care, she has always found ways to win for women. … When she retires, Barbara Mikulski will leave a void that may never truly be filled.”
The National Partnership for Women and Families says workers with sick days are 28 percent less likely to be injured on the job.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.
"The U.S. is woefully behind when it comes to family-friendly policies like paid maternity leave, paid parental leave, paid sick leave, when it comes to some measure of recognition about women's leadership," said Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. "I think that has real consequences for how women are able to get into and advance in the workplace and in the economy."
“This could coerce employees into providing information that they would otherwise not provide about their health,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior policy counsel with the National Partnership on Women & Families, which was among dozens of groups that wrote comment letters seeking changes in the draft rule.
It is becoming easier for consumers to evaluate Affordable Care Act health insurance plans online, though more could be done to enhance the user experience on the exchange websites, according to a report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, advised MTV on the policy issues and research studies relevant to the issue of gender-based pay quality. “The 79 percent number is known, but people don’t always consider the consequences. Reducing the median American income by $10,700 for women translates into 83 weeks of food, or 11 months of rent, or nine years of birth control,” she told The Daily Beast.
Data for these metrics was drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Care Aware of America, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Council for Community and Economic Research, National Partnership for Women & Families, and WalletHub’s own research.
The National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, looked at California, the first state to enact a paid family leave law, and found that first-time mothers who take paid leave are more likely than those who take unpaid leave or no leave to return to the same employer.
Making progress for women and families is at the heart of Vicki Shabo's inspiration. As the vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, she's doing just that as she works to create a more family-friendly and fair America.
Black women work more than all other women, but reap fewer economic rewards. According to a December 2015 report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a state by state analysis shows black women's wages range from 48 to 69 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
But to deal more holistically with bias woven deep in the social fabric, Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at National Partnership for Women and Families, says that solutions must tackle inequality in its social, legal, and cultural dimensions. Social-welfare reforms help, she says, but in the long run, “closing the wage gap entirely really will take a change in the public policy landscape on multiple fronts as well as changes in cultural norms and practices.”
"It is unacceptable that the wage gap has persisted, punishing the country's women and families for decades," wrote Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership, in a press release. "At a time when women's wages are so critical to the economic well-being of families, the country is counting on lawmakers to work together to advance strong, fair and family friendly workplace policies that would promote equal pay."
The solution to the as-of-now uneven coverage of workers, say advocates, is paid leave laws like those passed recently in New York state and San Francisco. "Ultimately, we need public policies," said Vicki Shabo, the paid leave expert at the National Partnership for Women & Families. "If you're offering very good benefits to high-wage workers, but it's up to each company, you're creating an even bigger chasm of income equality."
"I'm optimistic that in not too long the U.S. will join the rest of the world," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. "We are the only high-wealth developed country that doesn't guarantee paid paternity leave, and one of two that doesn't offer sick leave to workers. Of the whole world, we're one of two countries -- us and Papua New Guinea -- that don't guarantee paid leave for new moms." Shabo cited a survey of 185 nations by the International Labour Organization.
Vicki Shabo, vice-president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the San Francisco measure could help boost momentum at the national level. “It’s great to see local leaders stepping up,” she said, noting that California’s first-of-its-kind law served as a model for other states. “There’s a growing consensus that the nation must do something to address this.”
A report from Women Employed estimated 460,000 private-sector workers in Chicago don't have access to paid sick days. Another report, from the National Partnership for Women & Families, put the number at 2.1 million people in Illinois.
"This is history in the making," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, who estimated that 6.4 million workers in the state who are currently without an employee-sponsored paid family leave benefit.
Consumer advocates like Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, see Dr. Conway as a kindred spirit who understands what is important to patients. “He has the experience of being a clinician, a direct provider of health care services, but also has an incredible grasp of the administrative and policy aspects of health care,” Ms. Ness said.
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