Our own Debra L. Ness discusses our changing workplace culture.
New U.S. Census Bureau data released just today determined that women and their families are losing $10,672 in income every year due to the gender-based wage gap, says Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Experts like Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, say universal paid leave could help change this culture. A culture in which, studies show, employers consider mothers to be less competent and less committed to their jobs, and moms receive fewer raises and promotions than childless coworkers.
"The business school community was missing from the debate," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the advocacy group behind the letter.
We hope that this adds to the tremendous momentum in support of paid leave, and to the efforts of advocacy groups like the National Partnership for Women & Families, which is leading the charge for the FAMILY Act.
“This harmful gap has remained largely unchanged for the past decade,” the partnership’s president, Debra Ness, said in a statement. “Coupled with the president’s paid sick days and paid family and medical leave announcement earlier this week, this rule is further evidence that the progress working families urgently need is possible.”
"The FAMILY Act would mean we could take the time we need to recover from a serious illness, take care of a loved one or welcome a new child," writes National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo in this piece for Working Mother magazine.
Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families, says today's leave policies have a socioeconomic divide. "As we saw with Netflix, sometimes companies have one set of policies for their most highly compensated ... white-collar workers and then a different set of policies or no policies at all for their hourly workers or lower-skilled workers," Shabo says
When speaking in support of the measure, Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) cited a study by the National Partnership for Women and Families, which found that working women in California lose $33.6 billion each year due to the wage gap.
This blog post by National Partnership President Debra L. Ness reminds parents and caregivers about the value of health data access especially during back-to-school season.
Health information technology plays a critical role in national efforts to reform health care, says Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy and programs at the National Partnership of Women and Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization in the District of Columbia that leads the Consumer Partnership for eHealth. "These systems can lead to better health, better care and better value for people across the country," says Savage, noting that many consumers want online access to their records.
"If somebody gets access to your checking account, the bank will reimburse you. If somebody gets access to your health information, there's a broader range of things that can happen and it doesn't necessarily un-ring that bell," says Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs with the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The National Partnership's Debra L. Ness authored this blog post about the U.S. Department of Labor proposed updates to the rules that determine who qualifies for overtime pay.
Looking at California's data, the National Partnership for Women & Families found that "first-time mothers who take paid leave are more likely than those who take unpaid leave or no leave to return to the same employer."
“Having a set amount of time crates a more tangible expectation or norm. Unlimited policies can seem amorphous,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
“An executive order that requires contractors to provide paid sick days is a substantial step in the right direction,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said in a phone interview.
"It would absolutely catastrophic for women's health – that's not an overstatement," says Sarah Lipton-Lubet, the director of reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that focuses on access to health care and reproductive rights. "There's nothing about this legislation that's actually about protecting or enhancing or even maintaining health care services for women," she says. "It's about playing politics with women's health."
But Murray and outside supporters, like the National Partnership for Women and Families and YWCA USA, have said the sort of economic security provided by paid sick leave is especially helpful to low-income and minority workers.
The National Partnership for Women and Families reports that in San Francisco, the first American city to enact sick leave legislation, more than 70 percent of employers said there was no impact on their profitability.
"Here in the U.S., while the war was going on, you had women in jobs in factories and in all kinds of jobs the men had held. But women went home" when the soldiers returned from the war, explains Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
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