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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The top reason why people don’t use the FMLA when they need it is because they can’t afford an unpaid leave,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president of National Partnership for Women and Families. Meanwhile, workers have even more limited access to the unicorn of work-family accommodations, paid family leave. According to National Partnership, “Only 13 percent of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers.”
Other benefits include a 9 percent reduction in the use of any pain medications, a 31 percent reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor, and a 34 percent reduction in reporting a negative birth experience, according to Carol Sakala from the National Partnership for Women and Families.
“We’ve seen incredible momentum on the issue of paid leave,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a District-based nonprofit. “Private sector companies are adopting new policies, and although two weeks falls way short of what working parents need, it’s a great start.”
The study, called Listening to Mothers III, was based on Childbirth Connection’s nationally representative survey of some 1,960 new mothers. It found that four out of five of the mothers who were warned they might have large babies gave birth to infants who were not large, and weighed less than 8 pounds 13 ounces.
“The guidance released yesterday is an important step forward in helping patients exercise their right to access their health information under HIPAA, including electronically. Our cadre of volunteer ‘tracer’ patients has found that, unfortunately, confusion surrounding HIPAA persists and often means that patients don’t get the kind of access to their health care information they need,” said the campaign’s coordinator Christine Bechtel.
More than 43 million Americans don't have paid sick time, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
This NPR interview features National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.
Individual families sharing their stories is the most important part of all of this—more important, even, than these companies’ policies. It’s these stories that are going to make a difference. You can start by sharing your story here with the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit fighting to make paid family and medical leave available for all working families.
In fact, employees have no legal requirement to tell their boss that they're pregnant at all – although their changing bodies might eventually betray the news, says Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior policy counsel for workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan activist group.
According to a 2008 survey by the National Partnership for Women & Families, only 16 percent do — which just goes to show we've got a lot of work to do.
“When you don’t wait for labor to begin on its own, you cut short all kinds of physiological changes and preparations for birth that are taking place toward the end of pregnancy,” said Carol Sakala, the director of the nonprofit Childbirth Connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “What is the effect of cutting off those processes so casually on such a large scale?”
In new analysis conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the 77¢ to the dollar figure is a median for all women collectively. "Pay inequities and wage discrimination perpetuate poverty, and women of color suffer the most," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. "In the very states in which most African-American women and Latinas work, the loss of critical income makes it much harder for them and their families to get ahead or even stay afloat."
“This kind of innovation is a positive and promising step toward a health care system that rewards value instead of volume and treats patients and families as partners in health care decision-making,” stated Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
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