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.”
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.
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.
“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.
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."
“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
As director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, Mark Savage keeps a close watch on healthcare information technology, along with all other aspects of patient care. The idea, of course, is to even the playing field.
"Women who thought, in 2014, that their birth control coverage was secure now have to stop and consider the views of their bosses. That is truly outrageous," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"Whether it affects 500 or 5 million women, this is a dangerous and appalling intrusion that takes the country backward and undermines women's health," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families
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.
The idea that women should get paid leave when they have babies started to crop up around World War I and again around World War II. Countries' populations had been decimated, which meant there was a high premium on women as economic contributors and childbearers, explains Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. She says that in the United States, in part due to fewer casualties and the fact that men returned to the labor force, there weren't the same incentives to offer women paid maternity leave.
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.
A 2012 poll conducted for the National Partnership for Women and Families showed 86 percent support for paid parental leave (that includes the support of 73 percent of Republicans).
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