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Austin Fights For Equal Pay - KEYE-TV

"A National Partnership for Women & Families report says if that disparity was eliminated, a working Austin woman could pay for 73 more weeks of food, or buy nearly 2,400 additional gallons of gas."

News Coverage | March 21, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Will new guidelines to reduce C-sections change maternity care in St. Louis? - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The consensus statement has the potential to be a game-changer in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of maternal health care, and maternal and child health outcomes,” the National Partnership for Women and Families said in a statement.

News Coverage | March 18, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity

Top 20 Best-Paying Jobs For Women 2014 - Forbes

Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, says the same factors–non-linear careers, greater responsibilities at home, and outright discrimination–that maintain the wage gap in lower-earning professions are shaping the conversation around compensation in top-tier professions as well.

News Coverage | March 14, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Members of Congress Urge that Stage 3 Address Health Disparities - HIMSS

The letter, addressed to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, RN, and National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, urged them to take a look at the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan that was submitted to the Health IT Policy Committee on August 7, 2013. The Members pointed to four recommendations that they think would address immediate needs:

News Coverage | March 13, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

The Secret Benefits Of Paid Sick Days For All - ThinkProgress

Guaranteed paid leave reinforces “the idea of caregiving and taking care of oneself as a value and a norm, standardized across gender,” Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, added.

News Coverage | March 13, 2014 | Campaigns, Work and Family

President Obama’s plan to make more workers eligible for overtime pay could be a seismic shift

“It’s a very welcome and badly needed move to promote fair pay,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 12, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters - NPR

At the progressive National Partnership for Women and Families, president Debra Ness hailed Obama's move as a big step for "women and working families."

News Coverage | March 12, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Democratic Lawmakers Propose Requiring Paid Sick Days - Wisconsin Public Radio

“When families can't afford the basics, local businesses lose sales,“ said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 12, 2014 | Campaigns, Work and Family

Obama executive order to expand overtime pay - Washington Post's "Federal Eye"

Worker advocates have expressed support for the White House plan. Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the order is “very welcome and badly needed move to promote fair pay by requiring employers to pay more low-wage workers the wages they rightfully deserve for overtime work.”

News Coverage | March 12, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Dignity in Childbirth - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing

Similarly, Childbirth Connection released their third national Listening to Mothers survey in 2013 and reported that among women who had a singleton infant during 2011–2012, 17% rated US maternity care as fair or poor.

News Coverage | March 11, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity

Racism’s at Root of Adegbile Denial - Colorlines

From the National Partnership for Women and Families: “At a time when gender- and race-based wage discrimination persist, when complaints of pregnancy discrimination are on the rise, and when women and men of color too often are denied opportunities to advance their careers, confirming a fair and tireless advocate should have been an easy call and a top priority for every senator.”

News Coverage | March 10, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

House members urge Tavenner to see value of mobile platforms - Modern Healthcare

Twenty-four House members have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner calling on the federal government to use the Stage 3 meaningful-use criteria of the EHR incentive payment program to address health disparities, while also embracing mobile platforms.

News Coverage | March 10, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities - EHR Intelligence

In particular, these lawmakers want CMS and ONC to take a long look at the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.

News Coverage | March 7, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

House lawmakers push Sebelius to reduce health disparities - Government Health IT

The House members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.

News Coverage | March 7, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Businesses Must Improve Their Family Policies—For ‘Distressed Babies’ and All Workers - RH Reality Check

“Business owners play a key role in confirming that family-friendly workplace policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave are win-win for employees and employers,” Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership, told RH Reality Check.

News Coverage | March 7, 2014 | Campaigns, Work and Family

Lawmakers Urge Obama Admin to Leverage Meaningful Use Program to Reduce Health Disparities - HIT Consultant

The members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.

News Coverage | March 6, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Calif. legislators seek help for LGBT population through Meaningful Use - Clinical Innovation + Technology

Meaningful Use could help reduce health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to California legislators.

News Coverage | March 6, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Paid sick day protection gains steam across the U.S. - CNNMoney

Concerns over what paid sick leave could mean for small businesses owners have led to what Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, calls a “counter trend” — legislatures enacting laws against paid sick leave before support for the measure can take hold.

News Coverage | February 28, 2014 | Campaigns, Work and Family

Requiring Paid Sick Leave - Management Decisions

A handful of states are passing laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave for employees. It's been a hotly debated topic in recent years with a number of factors playing a role. Vicki Shabo is the Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families and she tells Tim Muma why employees need to be given the benefit of paid time off for illnesss.

News Coverage | February 27, 2014 | Work and Family

Baby steps - The Economist

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a campaign group, the payroll tax costs employees less than $2.25 per month. And when employees use PFL instead of relying on employer-provided paid leave, businesses save money. Indeed 9% of Californian businesses said that PFL had generated cost savings for their firm.

News Coverage | February 26, 2014 | Work and Family

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