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Obama Administration Champions Pay Equity, But Some Allege Overreach - Law.com

“I do think it set a tone for the administration, and maybe even more than a tone, it showed us what the administration’s priorities would be,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy and senior counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, which advocates for pay equity for women.

News Coverage | October 21, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Multi-Million Dollar CMS Award Aims to Improve Patient Safety - American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

“Patients and families will benefit immensely from the continuation of the Partnership for Patients’ important work, which was begun in the CMS Innovation Center,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | October 17, 2016 | Health Care

Why Latina Women Are Earning Significantly Less Than White Men - NPR

Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Vicki Shabo, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families on the wage gap for women who are Latina.

News Coverage | October 16, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

From Cooks To Accountants: Hilton Extends Paid Parental Leave To All - NPR

"The conversation has really shifted," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families. She has seen it change over the past half-dozen years, as several states and a string of cities have passed their own paid parental or family leave policies.

News Coverage | October 11, 2016 | Work and Family

McDonald's Employees Sexually Harassed at Work, According to New Video - Yahoo! Beauty

“This is appalling,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy and senior counsel at the organization. “Women in the fast food industry struggle to pay their rent, feed their kids, [and] buy warm clothes in the winter. We must do more to protect them from sexual harassment and ensure their employers take appropriate action when it does occur.”

News Coverage | October 6, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Report: States Restricting Abortion Access Don’t Help New Parents Either - Rewire

“When a woman who was denied abortion coverage cannot keep her job because her employer refuses to make reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy–when she has no paid sick days for prenatal appointments or well-baby care–no paid family and medical leave to use after giving birth–the deck is truly stacked against her,” Debra L. Ness, president of National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement released with the analysis.

News Coverage | September 29, 2016 | Reproductive Health, Work and Family

CMS awards $347 million to healthcare groups to improve patient safety - Modern Healthcare

The success of those efforts demonstrated "a significant change in our culture of healthcare," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a not-for-profit that counts promoting quality healthcare as part of its work, during a call with reporters.

News Coverage | September 29, 2016 | Health Care

Why you need paid leave and affordable child care now more than ever - Mashable

"Winning better paid family and medical leave will have a direct impact on your life and your ability to provide for yourself and your family," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a policy organization that has played an instrumental role in developing federal family leave policy.

News Coverage | September 25, 2016 | Work and Family

D.C. May Become The Second Place To Ban Employers From Asking About Salary History - DCist

While D.C. has historically had one of the lowest pay wage gaps in the nation, it remains stark: women make 90 cents to the dollar for men, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | September 21, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Poverty decreased, but it’s not time to celebrate - The Hill

The National Partnership for Women and Families says that the gender pay gap in Connecticut is 83 cents, while in Mississippi, it’s 77 cents.

News Coverage | September 17, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Of course Hillary Clinton went to work sick. That’s the American way. - Washington Post

Recent years have seen some legal advances, with more than two dozen cities, five states and the District of Columbia passing sick leave laws, but, “what we need to do is pass the Healthy Family Act, that’s the bottom line,” says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | September 15, 2016 | Work and Family

Kristen Bell Mocks Gender Pay Gap & Says What Women Wish They Could - Romper

Those comments about women's wages are true — according to a study done by the National Partnership for Women and Families, white women make 79 cents on a white man's dollar. And according to the same study, black women make 60 cents on a white man's dollar meanwhile hispanic women only make 55 cents.

News Coverage | September 14, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

These Are the Best and Worst States for Working Parents - TIME Money

As the changing needs of modern families continue to influence political discourse, these state-level victories are re-shaping national sentiment, says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the Partnership. “This is a critical juncture,” she says. “The buzz around these policies is at an all-time high, and it’s creating opportunities for regular people to have their voices heard.”

News Coverage | September 12, 2016 | Work and Family

Gretchen Carlson Won a Large Settlement, But Forced Arbitration Means Other Women Have a Much Harder Time - Medium

"Forced arbitration allows employers to sweep even the most egregious harassment under the rug, sometimes for decades, and evade laws designed to protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace," writes Judith Lichtman, senior advisor at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | September 7, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Stage 3 Meaningful Use - Patient Engagement HIT

“The national imperative to transform our healthcare system into one that delivers better care and better outcomes at lower cost cannot possibly succeed without the active engagement of patients and family caregivers,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which leads the Consumer Partnership for eHealth.

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

Eight Labor Days - Huffington Post

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, writes about the progress that has been made during Barack Obama's presidency to obtain equal opportunity for women in the workplace. "In recent years, the Obama administration has used Labor Days - and many of the days in between - to advance the fair and family friendly workplace policies the country needs," she writes.

News Coverage | September 5, 2016 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Influential healthcare leaders set principles for patient-centered care - Modern Healthcare

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families and a task force member, said patients are the ones who are present at every aspect of healthcare treatment, so their opinions should be valued. "If you really want to create a system that is creating health, then you need to engage with and co-create with the very people you're trying to help,” she said.

News Coverage | August 30, 2016 | Health Care

A Health Care Consumer Gender Gap - Managed Care Magazine

“We have an incredibly dysfunctional, fragmented system that is not very responsive to consumers or family caregivers trying to navigate the system,” says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “It’s incredibly challenging for women when you consider the lost time, financial cost, and emotional burden it places on them.”

News Coverage | August 15, 2016 | Health Care

Bundles of joy? How new payment models for maternal care could deliver lower costs - Modern Healthcare

“We don't know the best approaches,” said Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the not-for-profit National Partnership for Women & Families. “It's a time of great innovation and creativity.”

News Coverage | August 13, 2016 | Maternity

An Eye-Opening Look At How The Wage Gap Impacts Latinas - Huffington Post

As noted by the National Partnership For Women And Families in 2015, nearly 3 million family households in the U.S. are headed by Latinas and 40 percent of all Latina-headed family households live below the poverty line.

News Coverage | July 27, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

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