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The Obama Administration’s stealth plan to remake the workplace - Fortune

News Coverage | August 28, 2014

New #WEmatter Twitter Campaign Amplifies Women's Economic Security Woes - Progress Illinois

"This is a broad-based response to what we've seen as growing momentum over the last months and years in support of public policies that address these critical issues for families," said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, one of the many organizations behind the #WEmatter campaign. "We're optimistic that this is going to cause public officials and traditional media to sit up and take notice, and that's a critical first step in bringing the policy changes that we need."

News Coverage | August 26, 2014

Massachusetts advocates optimistic about paid sick leave ballot: ‘We need public policies that lift people up and keep families healthy’ - ScienceBlogs

Nationwide, the National Partnership for Women & Families reports that adults without paid sick leave are 1.5 times more likely than workers with paid sick leave to go to work with a contagious disease.

News Coverage | August 22, 2014 |

Administration moves toward new rule on contraceptives - McClatchy DC

“At this time when opponents of women’s health are taking extreme steps to deny women coverage for birth control, we applaud the Obama administration for taking steps to protect this essential coverage,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | August 22, 2014

8 Out Of 10 Americans Don’t Know These Basic Facts About Abortion - ThinkProgress

For instance, according to a recent review of state laws conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, five states require women seeking an abortion to be notified about the false risk of breast cancer; two states force them to learn about the supposed link between abortion and suicide.

News Coverage | August 20, 2014

Federal proposal targets wage gap with data collection - Tulsa World

“Requiring federal contractors to disclose (salary and demographic data) will be a tremendous step forward in helping close the wage gap,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 19, 2014

Twitter Chat: Why does the U.S. lag behind in its family leave laws? - PBS NewsHour

However, as the National Partnership for Women and Families explains in its “Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” the law only applies to companies with 50 or more employees.

News Coverage | August 14, 2014

A tale of two maternity leaves - Washington Post

"In a poll conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families in 2012, 86 percent of Americans wanted some kind of paid parental leave, including 73 percent of Republican voters."

News Coverage | August 13, 2014

How far is too far for work wellness programs to go? - USA Today

There are "whole demographics" that the programs can discriminate against, says Judith Lichtman, a senior adviser with the National Partnership for Women & Families. These include women, minorities and low wage workers who are disproportionately afflicted with chronic illnesses, she says.

News Coverage | August 12, 2014

Pregnancy Requests Put Women in the Firing Line - Women's eNews

"Women in service jobs and clock-in jobs don't even bother asking for workplace accommodations because they are afraid to ask," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 12, 2014

It’s a TRAP: Targeting mandatory delays, ultrasounds, and other clinic abuse - Feministe

A recent report by the National Partnership for Women & Families, aptly titled Bad Medicine, looks at laws that “undermine the high-quality, patient-centered care that health care providers and advocates strive to achieve.”

News Coverage | August 11, 2014

5 Ways to Help Employees With Kids Going Back to School - Care.com

“Knowing the lay of the land can provide parents with reassurance and confidence at what can be a stressful time of year,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “All parents know that there are times when missing work is unavoidable, so knowing whether [they] have paid sick, vacation or personal time to use, and understanding employers’ rules about providing notice for using that time, is also important.”

News Coverage | August 8, 2014 |

New Jersey would be the second state with a paid sick leave law under a new bill - Washington Post

The fight for paid sick leave requirements has picked up steam since San Francisco passed the nation’s first local paid sick leave policy in 2006. D.C. followed suit two years later, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 7, 2014 |

Having a baby in the U.S. is more dangerous than you might think - ConsumerReports.org

Ask about her rates of C-section, early delivery and episiotomy, for instance, and when she typically induces labor, advises Maureen P. Corry, senior adviser for the childbirth connection program at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 6, 2014

Online medical records may soon become a reality in California - Los Angeles Times

Adding major insurers, with their large patient rolls and deep pockets, could start to tie these scattered efforts together, said Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | August 5, 2014

Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers - MomsRising.org

However, testimony from Kevin Trapani, CEO and president of The Redwoods Group, and Maryella Gockel, flexibility leader at Ernst & Young LLP, demonstrates that such worries are misguided. Indeed, for these employers, as well as for businesses in the states that have passed paid family leave insurance laws (California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey), there has been no evidence of what witness Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families called the “parade of horribles”—a litany of negative business implications predicted by critics.

News Coverage | August 4, 2014

Why America Gave Up On The Fight For A Family-Friendly Workplace, And Why It’s Starting Again - ThinkProgress

But that was the culmination of a difficult, nearly nine-year fight. “In the early 80s, when it was first introduced, nobody was even uttering the words work/family policy or work/life balance,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which played a big role in crafting the FMLA.

News Coverage | July 31, 2014

Sen. Hagan pushes paid family leave - McClatchy DC

The United States is one of only two countries that don’t guarantee paid maternity leave. The other one is Papua New Guinea, said Victoria S. Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington.

News Coverage | July 30, 2014

The Week That Workers Won (At Least a Little) - Demos.com/Huffington Post

If the bills become law, it would mean that more than 300,000 additional workers gain the right to take up to five paid sick days a year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | July 30, 2014 |

Protection on way for pregnant U.S. workers - The Star Phoenix

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

News Coverage | July 30, 2014

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