“We're very excited. Tom Perez has a background that gives us faith” that DOL will continue to protect workers, Sarah Crawford, director of workplace fairness at the National Partnership for Women and Families, said.
Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, applauded Shaheen's efforts in a statement on Thursday. “The Senate Appropriations Committee took a welcome and long-overdue step today toward fair and equal treatment of women who volunteer to serve their country in the Peace Corps by advancing a bill that will give them the same abortion coverage as other women who get their health insurance from the federal government," she said.
“They were incredibly careful to call it Temporary Caregiver Insurance,” says Vicki Shabo, at the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington-based advocacy group. “That conveyed it’s something you pay into and something you get back.” Other states around the country can learn from Rhode Island’s victory, says Shabo. “The messaging is totally transferable.”
“Measures designed under today’s fee-for-service system are not the most progressive or patient-centered or aspirational as they could be,” Bechtel said.
"Does this increase competition, or does it give the dominant insurers a bigger share of the market?" said Kirsten Sloan, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group in Washington that submitted comments. "That remains a question for us."
"One thing patients want is more access," says Christine Bechtel, who works with the National Partnership for Women and Families...
Fourteen consumer organizations in a joint letter advise six Republican members of the U.S. Senate to not seek to pause or delay the electronic health records meaningful use program.
"By failing to uphold a common-sense definition of the term 'supervisor' and ignoring precedent, the court demonstrated callous disregard for victims of harassment," said Judith Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which advocates for paid sick leave, believes that New York’s size and the override of Bloomberg’s veto helps add to the momentum in other cities and states considering similar legislation.
They "are overwhelmingly responsible for taking a kid to the doctor," points out Vicki Shabo, the director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families, so the inability to take paid sick leave affects them disproportionately.
We cannot afford to delay bringing America’s health information system into the 21st Century.
The problem has not gone away, at all: According to an amicus brief in the Vance case filed by the National Partnership for Women and Families... "Over the past decade, the number of charges filed with the EEOC and state and local fair employment practice agencies alleging harassment has grown by 25%."
SARAH CRAWFORD: The ball is once again in Congress' court to correct the error into which this court has fallen. And I can tell you that groups like ours will be exploring actions that Congress can take to help victims of employment discrimination.
Many supervisors lack formal authority to hire and fire, but still have a high degree of influence over a worker's daily experience, said Judith Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"These bills are really hurting workers, in addition to taking away local control to decide what's best for communities," said Vicki Shabo, of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which supports sick-leave mandates.
"I think groups like MomsRising, Ultraviolet and EMILY's List, coupled with the power of public policy organizations like ours, makes this exquisitely the right time to talk about these issues in this way," said Judith Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership of Women and Families.
Another long-term co-lead for the project, Debra Ness of the National Partnership for Women & Families observes, "It is important to identify the end goal of what we are trying to achieve."
Beside, unpaid leave is not a financial option for most Americans, said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"It is a little shocking how tone deaf those members of Congress and those in states who continue to push for restrictions on women's reproductive health are," says Andrea Friedman, the director of reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a non-profit group that advocates for a woman's right to choose.
"The debate that unfolded in the committee today was deeply disturbing and a profound disservice to women," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
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