The Campaign for Better Care and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth have submitted joint comments responding to a request for information on how the federal government could advance interoperability and health data exchange efforts...
"We are particularly concerned about the impact for low-wage workers, those who may be more vulnerable in the workplace and may be less aware of their rights or less likely to exercise their rights," said Crawford.
By broader U.S. standards, though, Yahoo is in an elite group, said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington. Only 11 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid family leave, she said.
"We think it is a completely disingenuous proposal that will strip people of both the money and the flexibility of time off they need," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership.
"I think this should be a no-brainer. There’s no rational reason to deny women in the Peace Corps coverage," said Andrea Friedman, a reproductive health director at the National Partnership for Women and Families, an advocacy group.
"It should be called the Employer Flexibility Act, because at every turn here, the employer gets to decide," said Judith Lichtman, senior adviser for the National Partnership for Women & Families.
New York was seen as a “tipping point,” says Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which has been leading campaigns supporting their passage.
'This legislation is based on smoke and mirrors," said National Partnership for Women and Families senior adviser Judith Lichtman in her testimony before the committee.
This week, we recognize yet another Equal Pay Day — the day that marks how far into the new year women have to work to catch up with men’s wages from the previous year.
"We are the hub of both coordination and activity on this," said Vicki Shabo, the group’s director of work and family programs. "We help to connect grass-roots and national organizations."
"African-American women and Latinas fare worse, being paid 64 cents and just 55 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men," added Ness.
"The point we're trying to make here is there's a significant wage gap no matter where you're at in the country," says Sarah Crawford, director of workplace fairness at NWPF.
To reduce the burden on providers, the work group discussed consolidation of quality measures in an effort to "simplify things but advance them at the same time," said Christine Bechtel, VP of the National Partnership for Women & Families, who led the subgroup on consolidation.
More than 1.5 million Michigan workers — or about 46 percent of the state's private sector workforce — cannot take paid sick leave, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit group advocating for workplace fairness.
Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families said that if the proposal is like previous ones, it would be "misguided."
"It's a real step forward for our country because of the significance of New York City, the number of workers this supports and the fact that this creates momentum around the country," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, one of the groups pushing the paid sick time cause nationwide.
On March 20, the Health Subcommittee will discuss how technological advancements benefit health care patients and “ways to promote innovations.”
The National Partnership for Women and Families, the Washington-based group that drafted the law in 1993, is leading a coalition that is working to strengthen the law so that it covers more workers and more types of caregiving obligations.
Only 19% of low-wage workers have access to paid sick days, and adults without sick leave are 1.5 times more likely to go to work sick, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
That adds up to approximately $10,784 in lost salary each year according to The National Partnership for Women and Families. It's a number that's dipped one full percentage point since 2011 and takes any progress in closing the American gender pay gap all the way back to 2005.
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