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Paid Sick Leave Laws Preemptively Voided By Republican Governors - Huffington Post

"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.

News Coverage | June 18, 2013

This Year’s Health Care Transformation Oscar Goes To… - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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."

News Coverage | June 17, 2013

Dems Rebrand Minimum Wage, Sick Leave As Women's Issues To Pressure GOP - Huffington Post

"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.

News Coverage | June 17, 2013

Paid leave lets dads build parenting foundation - CNN

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.

News Coverage | June 16, 2013

Rep. Franks Rape Comment Has Democrats Salivating Over 2014 - U.S. News & World Report

"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.

News Coverage | June 13, 2013

House Panel Votes to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy - Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire

“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...

News Coverage | June 12, 2013

Channeling Todd Akin on Rape - Bloomberg's "Political Capital"

"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.

News Coverage | June 12, 2013

Q&A with Mark Savage: Why consumers say MU should not be delayed - Healthcare IT News

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.

News Coverage | June 3, 2013

Employers Get Leeway on Health Incentives - New York Times

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.

News Coverage | May 29, 2013

Can Facebook and Reddit Fix America's Maternity Leave Problem? - Mother Jones

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.

News Coverage | May 28, 2013

Don’t delay Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, say consumer groups - EHR Intelligence

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.

News Coverage | May 20, 2013

The GOP's sham support for working families - Politico

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.

News Coverage | May 13, 2013 | Work and Family

Why dads pass on paid paternity leave - Wall Street Journal's "Marketwatch"

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.

News Coverage | May 12, 2013

Republicans defy White House veto threat, pass workplace law - Reuters

Critics - including...the National Partnership for Women and Families - complain that despite Republican claims to the contrary the measure lacks adequate enforcement.

News Coverage | May 8, 2013

New York City Council approves paid sick time act, Bloomberg vows veto - CNN

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.

News Coverage | May 8, 2013 | Work and Family

Is the Working Families Flexibility Act really family friendly? - Washington Post

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.”

News Coverage | May 6, 2013

PTO v. overtime: House to vote on GOP proposal this week - CBS News

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.

News Coverage | May 6, 2013

Consumer Coalitions Comment on Federal Data Exchange Efforts - iHealthBeat

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...

News Coverage | May 3, 2013

Yahoo’s Leave Policy Outshines Most of U.S. If Not Google - Bloomberg Businessweek

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.

News Coverage | May 1, 2013

The Face of Pregnancy Discrimination - RH Reality Check

"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.

News Coverage | May 1, 2013

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