"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.
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."
"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.
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 House Judiciary Committee continued its outrageous and irresponsible attack on women’s health today by passing legislation that would impose a 20-week ban on abortion nationwide,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families...
"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.
Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy and programs with the National Partnership, takes the consumer's standpoint in EHR adoption and use — meaning he is a supporter of strengthening, rather than delaying, the meaningful use program.
Judith L. Lichtman, a senior adviser at the National Partnership for Women and Families, said that penalties in wellness programs could have “an unjustified disparate impact” in violation of civil rights laws.
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), only 11 percent of US workers have access to paid parental leave, leaving the rest to rely on some combination of vacation days, sick and disability leave, and employer sympathy.
Changing or delaying Stage 3 of meaningful use would only harm patients, says the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC) in response to a recent white paper released by a group of six Republican senators questioning the trajectory of the HITECH Act and the EHR Incentive Program.
A post-election survey for National Partnership for Women & Families found that 96 percent of self-described Democrats, 87 percent of Independents, and 73 percent of Republicans believe it is important for Congress to consider new laws including paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance.
Only 50% of first-time mothers get any paid leave at all after their child is born, "and that paid leave comes from cobbling together vacation, sick, disability, personal and any designated maternity leave," says Judith Lichtman, senior adviser for the organization.
Critics - including...the National Partnership for Women and Families - complain that despite Republican claims to the contrary the measure lacks adequate enforcement.
In 2006, San Francisco became the first city to required companies to provide paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Judith L. Lichtman, the organization’s senior advisor, testified against the bill before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, saying, “it would leave workers with neither pay nor time” and “magnifies the power imbalance between employer and employee.”
Judith Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women and Families, argued the public sector's option was created in 1985 to save federal, state and local governments money, not to offer workers more flexibility. Most private-sector workers, she added, lack the union and civil service protections that give government employees leverage in the arrangement.
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...
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 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.
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