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Having a baby in the U.S. is more dangerous than you might think - ConsumerReports.org

Ask about her rates of C-section, early delivery and episiotomy, for instance, and when she typically induces labor, advises Maureen P. Corry, senior adviser for the childbirth connection program at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 6, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity

Online medical records may soon become a reality in California - Los Angeles Times

Adding major insurers, with their large patient rolls and deep pockets, could start to tie these scattered efforts together, said Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 5, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers - MomsRising.org

However, testimony from Kevin Trapani, CEO and president of The Redwoods Group, and Maryella Gockel, flexibility leader at Ernst & Young LLP, demonstrates that such worries are misguided. Indeed, for these employers, as well as for businesses in the states that have passed paid family leave insurance laws (California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey), there has been no evidence of what witness Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families called the “parade of horribles”—a litany of negative business implications predicted by critics.

News Coverage | August 4, 2014 | Campaigns, Work and Family

Why America Gave Up On The Fight For A Family-Friendly Workplace, And Why It’s Starting Again - ThinkProgress

But that was the culmination of a difficult, nearly nine-year fight. “In the early 80s, when it was first introduced, nobody was even uttering the words work/family policy or work/life balance,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which played a big role in crafting the FMLA.

News Coverage | July 31, 2014 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Feds issue new guidelines to protect pregnant workers - PBS News Hour

Debra Ness, president of National Partnership for Women and Families, also praised the guidelines as "a much-needed interpretation of the nation's laws banning discrimination based on pregnancy."

News Coverage | July 30, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

The Week That Workers Won (At Least a Little) - Demos.com/Huffington Post

If the bills become law, it would mean that more than 300,000 additional workers gain the right to take up to five paid sick days a year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | July 30, 2014 | Work and Family

Sen. Hagan pushes paid family leave - McClatchy DC

The United States is one of only two countries that don’t guarantee paid maternity leave. The other one is Papua New Guinea, said Victoria S. Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington.

News Coverage | July 30, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity, Work and Family

Legislation seeks to protect doctor-patient relationship - Pittsburgh Business Times

News Coverage | July 29, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity

You Deserve Paid Sick Leave (So How Can You Advocate for It?) - Everyday Feminism

Although everybody needs access to paid sick time, very few actually receive it. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, about 40% private sector workers in the United States, about 40 million workers, receive no paid sick leave at all.

News Coverage | July 29, 2014 | Work and Family

8 rights of pregnant women at work - CNN Money

"There is still a stigma against hiring younger women for some jobs, where an employer wants to know somebody is going to be on a job for years without interruption," said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | July 28, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

US the Only Developed Country Without Paid Maternity Leave - teleSUR

Vicki Shabo, Vice President at the National Partnership for Women and Families, the organization that helped create the FMLA, says if the U.S. does not pass a more comprehensive paid maternity leave plan, then it will face many consequences. “It’s not something that each family should be dealing with individually,” said Shabo. “Because it’s got consequences for the nation, it’s got consequences for the economy it’s got consequences for health and families well-being, it has consequences for businesses who are losing talented workers and facing unnecessary retention costs of turnover.”

News Coverage | July 24, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity, Work and Family

How The U.S. Can Finally Make Things Better For Working Parents - Fast Company

News Coverage | July 24, 2014 | Work and Family

How to Love Paid Family Leave - Bloomberg Businessweek

According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, almost half of all workers eligible for FMLA leave have been unable to take time off because they simply can’t afford to go without income.

News Coverage | July 17, 2014 | Work and Family

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Bias - Bloomberg BNA

The EEOC's guidance is a “long-awaited” and “much needed” measure that clarifies pregnant workers' rights under the PDA and the ADA, said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington.

News Coverage | July 15, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Agency Toughens Protections For Pregnant Workers - Associated Press

Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, called the new guidelines "a powerful tool in the effort to eradicate the unlawful and unequal treatment of pregnant women in the workplace."

News Coverage | July 15, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

EEOC aims to stop discrimination against pregnant women - Washington Times

“Despite existing protections, pregnancy discrimination remains a serious problem for women and families in this country,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | July 15, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Mitch McConnell’s old, new agenda - MSNBC

“In 1985, Congress passed a law that gave state and municipal employees this flexibility, but today still denies that same privilege to the entire private sector. That’s not right.” But that move was to cut costs for government, not provide workers with more freedom, Judith Lichtman of the National Partnership for Women And Families told the AP.

News Coverage | July 14, 2014 | Work and Family

How Bad Medicine Is Sweeping The Country, One State At A Time - ThinkProgress

“Politics are taking over our exam rooms and that is a dangerous, disturbing trend,” the National Partnership’s president, Debra L. Ness, noted in a statement released to coincide with the new findings. “More and more, lawmakers across the country are enacting laws that mandate how health care providers must practice medicine.”

News Coverage | July 14, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

Map of the Day: “Bad medicine” laws undermine reproductive health care across the country - Feministing

A new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families explores the common anti-choice restrictions that are forcing doctors to choose between following the law and doing what they know is best for their patients.

News Coverage | July 14, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

HITPC approves MU Stage 3 quality measure recommendations - Clinical Innovation + Technology

“I like the two tracks a lot, it’s reflective of the reality while keeping the foot on the pedal,” said Christine Bechtel, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, during a discussion preceding the vote.

News Coverage | July 8, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

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