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The Pay Gap Is Costing Women $500 Billion Per Year - Mother Jones

"It is unacceptable that the wage gap has persisted, punishing the country's women and families for decades," wrote Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership, in a press release. "At a time when women's wages are so critical to the economic well-being of families, the country is counting on lawmakers to work together to advance strong, fair and family friendly workplace policies that would promote equal pay."

News Coverage | April 12, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

How the Tech Industry's Women Problem Is Advancing Paid Family Leave - Bloomberg

The solution to the as-of-now uneven coverage of workers, say advocates, is paid leave laws like those passed recently in New York state and San Francisco. "Ultimately, we need public policies," said Vicki Shabo, the paid leave expert at the National Partnership for Women & Families. "If you're offering very good benefits to high-wage workers, but it's up to each company, you're creating an even bigger chasm of income equality."

News Coverage | April 11, 2016 | Work and Family

Paid parental leave: Finally coming to America? - CBS Moneywatch

"I'm optimistic that in not too long the U.S. will join the rest of the world," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. "We are the only high-wealth developed country that doesn't guarantee paid paternity leave, and one of two that doesn't offer sick leave to workers. Of the whole world, we're one of two countries -- us and Papua New Guinea -- that don't guarantee paid leave for new moms." Shabo cited a survey of 185 nations by the International Labour Organization.

News Coverage | April 7, 2016 | Work and Family

San Francisco becomes first US city to mandate fully paid parental leave - The Guardian

Vicki Shabo, vice-president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the San Francisco measure could help boost momentum at the national level. “It’s great to see local leaders stepping up,” she said, noting that California’s first-of-its-kind law served as a model for other states. “There’s a growing consensus that the nation must do something to address this.”

News Coverage | April 5, 2016 | Work and Family

Task force proposes Chicago employers offer 5 days of paid sick leave a year - Chicago Tribune

A report from Women Employed estimated 460,000 private-sector workers in Chicago don't have access to paid sick days. Another report, from the National Partnership for Women & Families, put the number at 2.1 million people in Illinois.

News Coverage | April 2, 2016 | Work and Family

New York state budget: wage hike, tax cut, paid family leave - Associated Press/Newsday

"This is history in the making," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, who estimated that 6.4 million workers in the state who are currently without an employee-sponsored paid family leave benefit.

News Coverage | April 2, 2016 | Work and Family

Shaping Health Policy for Millions, and Still Treating Some on the Side - New York Times

Consumer advocates like Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, see Dr. Conway as a kindred spirit who understands what is important to patients. “He has the experience of being a clinician, a direct provider of health care services, but also has an incredible grasp of the administrative and policy aspects of health care,” Ms. Ness said.

News Coverage | March 29, 2016 | Health Care

Is your doctor giving you accurate information? Not in Pa. - Philadelphia Inquirer

The National Partnership for Women and Families was very interested in our research as it relates to their“Bad Medicine”project that examines other areas of medicine where politicians have inserted themselves into the patient-doctor relationship.

News Coverage | March 29, 2016 | Reproductive Health

Bill would give military dads, adoptive parents 12 weeks leave - The Hill

"Military families make enormous sacrifices to keep our country safe, and they need and deserve policies that make it possible to remain economically secure when they need time off to care for their families,” added Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | March 21, 2016 | Work and Family

Singles have fewer benefits than married couples — but are slowly gaining more - Washington Post

Two months before, the National Partnership for Women and Families compiled a summary of legislative action on paid sick days at the state and local levels.

News Coverage | March 16, 2016 | Work and Family

When a woman's body at work is seen as a liability, everyone loses - Mashable

One way to design workplaces that champion equality without further stigmatizing women's bodies is to create policies that have universal applications, says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

News Coverage | March 10, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

How to empower patients with medical data - Spark Radio

We spoke to GetMyHealthData project coordinator Erin Mackay about how taking ownership of digital health records can help patients have more informed discussions with doctors, and empower those patients to be more involved in their treatment plan.

News Coverage | March 6, 2016 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Of This Year’s 353 Abortion-Restriction Bills, 70 Percent Are Based On Lies - Slate

More than 70 percent of the abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures so far this year are based on false information, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 4, 2016 | Reproductive Health

This Is What Paid Leave Looks Like In Every U.S. State - Fast Company

It’s this model that advocacy organizations tend to favor. "Tax credits in our view fall short," Vicki Shabo, Vice President at the National Partnership for Women & Families, tells Fast Company, "because they are entirely dependent on the employer...and there’s no evidence that they change or incentivize employer behaviors . . . [so] you end up perpetuating the inequality that already exists in terms of access to paid leave."

News Coverage | February 23, 2016 | Work and Family

The "big data" app that predicts employees' health - CBS Moneywatch

And pregnancy discrimination charges are increasing, with the number of allegations rising by about one-third during the past decade, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 18, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Utah lawmakers hold plan for paid parental leave - Associated Press/Yahoo! Finance

Some states now give paid time off, including California and New Jersey, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonpartisan organization. "Everybody, no matter who they work for, what job they have, or what their circumstance, needs access to paid leave," said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 18, 2016 | Work and Family

CMS and AHIP's quest to tame the wilds of healthcare quality measures - Modern Healthcare

Consumer advocate Carol Sakala, director of childbirth connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, agreed that standard measures will help consumers make comparisons and new measures are needed to address gaps in quality reporting. She called the collaborative a good start and said measure development must continue. More work must be done to fill gaps such as measures of care coordination, shared decisions between patients and doctors, and performance on outcomes reported by patients themselves, Sakala said.

News Coverage | February 16, 2016 | Health Care

Babies born via C-section may be at risk for health problems, researchers say - San Francisco Globe

In the last 50 years, the number of cesarean births have multiplied by seven, according to Childbirth Connection. In 1965 the C-section birth rate was 4.5 percent. In 2014, 32.2 percent of births were C-sections, making it one of the most common procedures in American operating rooms, according to Childbirth Connection.

News Coverage | February 7, 2016 | Maternity

23 Years: Celebrating FMLA (and pushing for The FAMILY Act) - Working Mother

That's why the National Partnership for Women & Families, the advocacy organization that authored the original FMLA law, as well as other groups, has continually worked to improve and expand it.

News Coverage | February 5, 2016 | Work and Family

EEOC Seeks to Require Summary Pay Data From Employers - Bloomberg BNA

The National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington hailed the EEOC's action as “very welcome” news. With the new data, the EEOC and the DOL “will be much better able to identify and stop wage discrimination of all kinds,” Debra Ness, the partnership's president, said in a Jan. 29 statement.“This is a bold, important step that will capture salary data from employers that collectively employ more than 63 million workers,” Ness said, adding that there's “no time to waste” in combating the pay gap.

News Coverage | February 2, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

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