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Trump Administration Moves to Allow Short-Term, Non-ACA-Compliant Health Policies - Stateline

“In yet another attack on the health and economic security of women and families, the Trump administration today released a proposed rule that would destabilize the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace and drive up costs for women and people with pre-existing conditions,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 20, 2018 | Health Care

Sen. Tammy Duckworth raises questions about maternity leave while in office - USA TODAY

“It’s interesting that we’re needing to decide how she should be treated in this situation when we’re not having the same conversations about other members with medical needs,” Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, said.

News Coverage | February 15, 2018 | Work and Family

Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio want a paid family leave plan that critics say will hurt women - Business Insider

Vicki Shabo, vice president at the non-profit National Partnership for Women & Families, said the system would "reinforce caregiving norms" and "jeopardize" Social Security.

News Coverage | February 13, 2018 | Work and Family

5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave - Next Avenue

“People often assume the law only applies to moms and babies, but the most common use is to deal with your own health issue,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 7, 2018 | Work and Family

As the Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 25, the Country Urgently Needs a National Paid Leave Plan - PR Newswire

"It is past time for Congress to fulfill the promise of the FMLA by passing a national paid family and medical leave plan. But not just any plan will do. Lawmakers should consider the evidence and support the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the leading paid leave proposal in Congress."

News Coverage | February 5, 2018 | Work and Family

How Does Paid Leave Help Families? A Lot Is At Risk On Such An Important Anniversary - Romper

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement on the anniversary of the FMLA, "As a nation, we have reached an extraordinary moment of consensus and conviction in the national effort to win paid family and medical leave for all. ... But the details matter tremendously and key policy principles are essential to ensuring that the national plan we adopt will be affordable, sustainable, inclusive and effective."

News Coverage | February 5, 2018 | Work and Family

What Maternity Leave Looks Like When You're a Sitting Senator - Glamour

"The Family and Medical Leave Act [FMLA] provides only 12 weeks of unpaid leave around the birth or adoption of a child," says Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at National Partnership for Women & Families. "So it's up to employers across the country, including employers in congress like Senators [to decide] whether they offer pay during that time."

News Coverage | January 25, 2018 | Work and Family

Starbucks expands its paid sick leave and parental leave after tax cuts — and employee requests - Washington Post

Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies for the National Partnership for Women & Families, called the paid sick leave program “an extremely welcome sign” and said in an interview that Starbucks had “essentially taken what paid sick leave policies say and extended that to their entire workforce."

News Coverage | January 24, 2018 | Work and Family

Tax Bill Provision Designed To Spur Paid Family Leave To Lower-Wage Workers - Kaiser Health News

That view is shared by Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group, who said it will primarily benefit workers at companies already offering paid family leave. The new tax credit “just perpetuates the boss lottery,” she added.

News Coverage | January 23, 2018 | Work and Family

Opponents say controversial new HHS ‘religious freedom’ division a ‘prescription for discrimination’ - Fierce Healthcare

Saying the new division is a way to sanction discrimination in healthcare, Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, called it “misguided” and “mean-spirited.”

News Coverage | January 19, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Why most employees still won’t report sexual harassment - Marketplace

The movement may be divided, but there's still progress, according to Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “I think the important thing right now is we’re having the conversation – that some of these experiences that people have faced, are being surfaced,” she said.

News Coverage | January 19, 2018 | Workplace Fairness

Walmart Announces Incomplete Paid Leave Policy for Employees - Slate

According to Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership, the way to fix these patchwork and uneven policies is simple: a national paid leave policy. “It’s another indication in the growing sense that it is time for the U.S. to have national paid leave,” said Shabo. “It’s obviously beneficial to workers, it’s something that is beneficial to employers, and it will be beneficial to the U.S. economy.”

News Coverage | January 12, 2018 | Work and Family

At the Golden Globes, celebrities wanted to talk equal pay. But Congress has been mostly silent for more than 50 years. - Washington Post

Women make on average 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, says Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the advocacy group National Partnership for Women & Families. Some of that is due to women gravitating toward lower-paying careers or bouncing in and out of the workforce as they balance being caretakers. But statistical analysis says that 38 percent of those 80 cents is unaccounted for, Shabo said.

News Coverage | January 8, 2018 | Workplace Fairness

Commentary: Florida bill harms health care for women - Naples Daily News

National Partnership Vice President Sarah Lipton-Lubet and Dr. Nicole Fanarjian: "By sending tax dollars to CPCs, anti-abortion lawmakers in Florida are demonstrating a total disregard for the truth, undermining a woman’s right to make her own informed medical decisions and denying her the respect and dignity she deserves."

News Coverage | January 2, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Low-Wage Workers Aren’t Getting Justice for Sexual Harassment - The Atlantic

“An imbalance of power in people in two different positions is a big part of sexual harassment occurring, and I think that there’s probably nowhere that occurs more than in lower-wage jobs,” said ‎Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior counsel for the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | December 27, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

New York joins a handful of states with family leave. Will other states follow? - Marketplace

“In this past legislative session 31 states had bills introduced,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | December 18, 2017 | Work and Family

Changes to the child tax credit: What it means for families - CNN Money

"The distribution of those benefits are skewed towards higher income families, and really paltry for lower income families," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. "The overall package is really dismal for working families."

News Coverage | December 16, 2017 | Work and Family

Paid sick leave opt-out bill debated during House committee hearing - Safety+Health Magazine

“This bill is a poorly disguised attempt to take away guaranteed sick days at a time when the evidence that paid sick days standards benefit working people and their families, businesses and communities, as well as our economy and our public health, is strong and growing,” National Partnership President Debra Ness said.

News Coverage | December 7, 2017 | Work and Family

Fast Food Has A Massive Sexual Harassment Problem - Buzzfeed News

Sexual harassment "often involves an imbalance of power between a perpetrator and the person who is harassed," said Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy and senior counsel for the National Partnership.

News Coverage | December 6, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

National Prematurity Awareness Month: Dispelling Five Common Pregnancy Myths - The Katy News

National Partnership President Debra Ness and Dr. Salil Deshpande, Chief Medical Officer at UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, discuss five common pregnancy myths that, when taken as fact, could affect new mothers’ health and their pregnancy, and even prevent babies from having the best possible start in life.

News Coverage | November 20, 2017 | Maternity

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