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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

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

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

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

Why Paid Leave Advocates Are Skeptical About a Last-Minute GOP Tax Incentive for Paid Leave - Slate

Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, says that this bill is only a drop in the bucket of support to businesses already taking the lead on this issue. The provision provides “a very small tax credit to businesses that voluntarily provide at least a minimal level, two weeks, of paid family or medical leave,” she said.

News Coverage | November 17, 2017 | Work and Family

'Weinstein effect' is boosting inquiries about workplace harassment - USA TODAY

"This is really an extraordinary teaching moment for our nation," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. "We are in an environment where the people coming forward, rather than being attacked or villainized, what we are seeing is that their stories are being accorded gravity," she said.

News Coverage | November 14, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

Senate Republicans Shoehorn Anti-Abortion Measure Into Tax Bill - Huffington Post

“The hope is that if they throw enough anti-abortion language at the wall something is going to stick,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “It’s a dubious strategy. It’s an affront to women.”

News Coverage | November 14, 2017 | Reproductive Health

If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise. - New York Times

“For people who are living paycheck to paycheck or have significant debt, the risks of staying home and losing pay or potentially losing their job are far too great,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | November 13, 2017 | Work and Family

100 Aging, Work Experts Call on Congress to Address Caregiving Crisis with Strong Paid Leave Plan - PR Newswire

"We applaud the signers of this letter for pushing for a paid leave plan that addresses the full range of care needs people face," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. "The FAMILY Act is the only paid leave proposal before Congress that would provide protections for workers and families at all stages of life."

News Coverage | November 1, 2017 | Work and Family

Find Out How Much It Costs to Give Birth in Every State - Money Magazine

While having a child is a momentous event for the parents, from a medical point of view it’s usually very routine, says Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “It’s mostly healthy moms and healthy babies, so these costs are pretty shocking from that point of view,” Sakala says.

News Coverage | October 30, 2017 | Maternity

NYC Passes Bill to Guarantee Paid Leave for Domestic Violence Victims - Broadly

Vice President Vicki Shabo says the National Partnership has been advocating for the Healthy Families Act, a national standard "that guarantees all working people the ability to take time away from their jobs for personal illness, a family member's illness, to get health care services, and also to deal with the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking."

News Coverage | October 18, 2017 | Work and Family

Women’s groups, states resist Trump’s rollback of ACA contraceptive coverage - People's World

Trump’s “interim final rules” on denial of contraceptive coverage “are a discriminatory, damaging attack on women’s health and economic security,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | October 11, 2017 | Reproductive Health

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