“These grants signal a real commitment from the Labor Department, and state and local leaders and advocates to find concrete, innovative ways to ensure more people in this country have access to the paid family and medical leave they need,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"Even employers that do have policies, about 40% of workers say they have penalties, demerits, for taking a sick day," Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, Vicki Shabo said.
“Partnering with patients and their families can lead to improvements in patient safety and quality, better patient experience and satisfaction, healthcare workforce satisfaction and retention, better health outcomes, and lower healthcare costs,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said in a statement.
"Every single women in America ought to be paying attention to how the Supreme Court views the treatment of pregnant women in the workplace," Judith Lichtman, the former longtime president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which helped fight to pass the PDA, observed in a recent joint press call featuring pro-choice women's groups and anti-abortion activists.
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said paid family leave is "good for families, good for businesses and good for the economy."
Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the vote “makes painfully clear that, despite claims to the contrary, many lawmakers are not serious about ensuring women and men are paid equally in this country.”
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the law's passage represents "a pivotal moment for the country and a historic first step for California."
Recently, the National Partnership for Women and Families released a report that explored the nationwide spike in laws that command doctors what to say and coerce them to administer — and bill patients for —medically unnecessary procedures.
An April report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for such policies, said that at least five other U.S. cities had passed laws requiring paid sick leave.
Electronic health records allow patients to play a more active role in their care and "help doctors by facilitating access to the information they need when and where they need it," says Erin Mackay, a health information technology specialist with the nonprofit National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C.
This is among the recommendations in “Care Plans 2.0,” developed by the Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
“It’s something we had been asking for. We were told it wouldn’t happen,” says Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the partnership. “It’s a testament to the administration’s ability to figure out what it can do legally.”
"This is a broad-based response to what we've seen as growing momentum over the last months and years in support of public policies that address these critical issues for families," said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, one of the many organizations behind the #WEmatter campaign. "We're optimistic that this is going to cause public officials and traditional media to sit up and take notice, and that's a critical first step in bringing the policy changes that we need."
“At this time when opponents of women’s health are taking extreme steps to deny women coverage for birth control, we applaud the Obama administration for taking steps to protect this essential coverage,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Nationwide, the National Partnership for Women & Families reports that adults without paid sick leave are 1.5 times more likely than workers with paid sick leave to go to work with a contagious disease.
For instance, according to a recent review of state laws conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, five states require women seeking an abortion to be notified about the false risk of breast cancer; two states force them to learn about the supposed link between abortion and suicide.
“Requiring federal contractors to disclose (salary and demographic data) will be a tremendous step forward in helping close the wage gap,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families.
However, as the National Partnership for Women and Families explains in its “Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” the law only applies to companies with 50 or more employees.
"In a poll conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families in 2012, 86 percent of Americans wanted some kind of paid parental leave, including 73 percent of Republican voters."
There are "whole demographics" that the programs can discriminate against, says Judith Lichtman, a senior adviser with the National Partnership for Women & Families. These include women, minorities and low wage workers who are disproportionately afflicted with chronic illnesses, she says.
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