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Federal employment unit issues first new guidelines to protect pregnant workers in 30 years - Star Tribune

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

Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers - The Sun Chronicle

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

News Coverage | July 15, 2014

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

New Study: Bad Medicine Laws Are Undermining Women's Health Care Across U.S. - Boston Globe

At a time when there is a national consensus that quality health care should be evidence-based and patient-centered, that we should eliminate unnecessary medical tests and focus tightly on improving health outcomes, lawmakers in a majority of states have enacted laws that put ideology above women's health care. Abortion restrictions on the books in 33 states, and in effect in 29 states, contradict evidence-based practices and undermine the high-quality, patient-centered care that health care providers strive to achieve, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | July 14, 2014

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

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

Mitch McConnell’s old, new agenda - MSNBC

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. And government employees generally have the protection of both a union and civil service laws.

News Coverage | July 14, 2014

Here Are The Worst States For Working Parents - Huffington Post

Following up on its 2005 and 2012 reports, The National Partnership for Women & Families has released the third edition of "Expecting Better," a state-by-state analysis of all the laws (or lack thereof) that support working moms and dads during pregnancy and after birth.

News Coverage | July 7, 2014

Why Paid Parental Leave Is a Huge Economic Benefit - BlogHer

According to a Rutgers report by the National Partnership for Women & Families, “Women who report taking paid leave are more likely to be working 9 to 12 months after a child’s birth than those who report taking no leave at all.” When that leave isn’t available, women are more likely to leave the workforce entirely. But when it is offered, women consistently report a stronger labor force attachment and positive changes in wages.

News Coverage | July 6, 2014

Hobby Lobby: Court boosts corporations again - BBC News

Meanwhile, Debra L Ness of National Partnership for Women & Families took the opposite view: Today's US Supreme Court rulings in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. cases are deeply troubling - even shocking, in that the Court is allowing some bosses to deny women coverage for something as basic as birth control.

News Coverage | June 30, 2014

S.F. abortion protest buffer zone in danger after Supreme Court vote - San Francisco Chronicle

Judith Lichtman of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which supports abortion rights, said the ruling would create new burdens for patients. "Women deserve access to reproductive health care without being intimidated, harassed, threatened, followed or in other ways harmed," she said.

News Coverage | June 26, 2014

Senate Committee Passes Pro-Choice Measures in Appropriations Bill - RH Reality Check

“This is a welcome and long overdue step toward fair and equal treatment of women who volunteer for their country in the Peace Corps,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, in a statement about the committee’s action to repeal the restriction. “It would finally give Peace Corps volunteers the same abortion coverage as other women who get their health insurance through the federal government. It’s about time.”

News Coverage | June 23, 2014

How Women Can Get Paid As Much As Men - Fast Company

“We know that millions of women in virtually every occupation are paid less than men,” says Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families. “The gender pay gap wage differential is a tremendous and enduring problem, not just for women being paid less but for families’ economic security. This has lasting impacts throughout the year.”

News Coverage | June 20, 2014

The Best States to Be a Working Mom - Bloomberg Businessweek

Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the National Partnership, says federal laws should be considered only a first step and are something states should improve upon, but “change has been slow,” she says. “So many states are failing their families.”

News Coverage | June 20, 2014

Do You Live in One of the Worst States for Working Moms? -

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit National Partnership for Women & Families conducted a state-by-state analysis, grading each state and the District of Columbia on whether it passed laws that expanded federal leave and workplace protections for families.

News Coverage | June 20, 2014

California Comes Out on Top For Parental Protection Laws - NBC News

The Golden State came out on top in a new state-by-state survey of family-protection laws for new parents, earning an A-minus in the study’s letter-grade ranking. Conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the analysis looks at laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

News Coverage | June 20, 2014

One in Three States Gets Failing Score for Supporting New Parents - Wall Street Journal

One in three U.S. states are getting a failing grade when it comes to offering laws that support new working mothers and fathers, according to a study by the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group.

News Coverage | June 20, 2014

What are the best states for working parents? - Washington Post

In the third edition of the National Partnership for Women and Families report, which was first done in 2005 and then in 2012, the partnership found there has been more progress when it comes to policies that help working parents.

News Coverage | June 19, 2014

California lawmakers advance bill to mandate paid sick leave - Reuters

Worker rights groups and others are campaigning for an expansion of paid sick leave rights in the private sector. So far, mandates on paid sick days have primarily been taken up by local governments, with San Francisco in 2006 becoming the first U.S. city to require it, according to the Washington-based National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | May 29, 2014 |

EHR Vendors Tell Federal Advisors They Want Narrower Stage 3 Requirements - Bloomberg BNA

“Patients want to share relevant health information with their provider and they want some control over their records,” said Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | May 28, 2014

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