"When workers come back, they tend to be more loyal and focused, feel greater happiness, and a resolve to do a good job," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership For Women & Families, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that was instrumental in getting the FMLA passed in 1993.
“Ensuring federal employees can take paid time off when new children arrive is not only the right thing to do for the health and well-being of these workers and their families; it would also save the government money through reduced turnover and replacement costs, and it would help the federal government attract and retain a valuable workforce, including much-needed younger workers,” said National Partnership President Debra Ness in a statement.
“You’re finally starting to see momentum on [paid leave and paid sick days],” says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. Over the past decade, Ness has noticed that young parents are becoming increasingly angry at the lack of employer support when they start to have children. “This will be part of the conversation during the next election,” she says. “The sleeping giant is waking up.”
"We're not just talking about payment that lowers costs," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. "The payment changes are designed to change the way that we deliver care in ways that will make that care work better for patients and families."
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, was quoted in the HHS release saying the change will "drive fundamental changes in how care is delivered, making the health care system more responsive to those it serves and improving care coordination and communication."
“Today’s announcement will be remembered as a pivotal and transformative moment in making our healthcare system more patient- and family-centered,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a leading consumer advocacy group.
"We have come to use interventions that were developed to meet very specific needs in a very casual way," said Carol Sakala, director of programs at Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Instead of reading tea leaves about the elections, ask voters what they think. The National Partnership and the Rockefeller Family Fund did just that, commissioning a nationwide election night poll of 2014 voters. Eighty-one percent said it’s important for lawmakers to consider new laws that help keep families economically secure such as paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance. Seventy-four percent of independents, 73 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of men, 95 percent of voters under 30, 97 percent of African-Americans and 95 percent of Latinos agreed.
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, called Connecticut's law "a great first step" and predicted that several other states, notably Oregon and Vermont, will soon follow suit.
"What businesses find is that workers are better able to take care of the family responsibilities they might have, come back to work, be more productive, be more engaged and less likely to drop out of the workforce," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
“As a large and growing body of research, and the experiences of millions of workers and businesses show, policies that enable workers to care for themselves and their families without risking their jobs or economic security are good for workers, families, businesses and our economy,” said National Partnership President Debra Ness.
The way families live and work today is full of impossible choices, Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, tells Yahoo! Parenting. “For workers paid hourly, without a single paid sick day, they’re having to choose between earning a paycheck to pay their rent or to take care of a sick child.”
In 2006, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to guarantee access to earned sick days, and in 2011, Connecticut became the first state to mandate the benefit, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Common interventions in labor and delivery don’t always improve outcomes, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Partnership for Women and Families.
"This is fantastic news for workers, families and our economy," Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
A long awaited report written by Dr. Sarah Buckley, “Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care” is being released by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families. In this valuable report, Dr. Buckley gathers the most current research and provides the definitive guide for the role of hormones in normal, natural birth.
“It’s important for both clinicians and women to understand that common interventions, that we have come to view quite casually, are actually quite consequential,” said Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
(Map data courtesy of the National Partnership for Women & Families)
In 2015 groups such as the National Partnership for Women and Families hope to close gaps in federal workplace protections to address the needs of pregnant workers. They are urging Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act to achieve this critical step.
“What we often hear is that women think they have a right to paid maternity leave, but in actuality only 60 percent of workers are even eligible for unpaid leave,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families,' tells Yahoo! Parenting.
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