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President Obama’s plan to make more workers eligible for overtime pay could be a seismic shift

“It’s a very welcome and badly needed move to promote fair pay,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 12, 2014

Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters - NPR

At the progressive National Partnership for Women and Families, president Debra Ness hailed Obama's move as a big step for "women and working families."

News Coverage | March 12, 2014

Democratic Lawmakers Propose Requiring Paid Sick Days - Wisconsin Public Radio

“When families can't afford the basics, local businesses lose sales,“ said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 12, 2014 | Work and Family

Obama executive order to expand overtime pay - Washington Post's "Federal Eye"

Worker advocates have expressed support for the White House plan. Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the order is “very welcome and badly needed move to promote fair pay by requiring employers to pay more low-wage workers the wages they rightfully deserve for overtime work.”

News Coverage | March 12, 2014

Dignity in Childbirth - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing

Similarly, Childbirth Connection released their third national Listening to Mothers survey in 2013 and reported that among women who had a singleton infant during 2011–2012, 17% rated US maternity care as fair or poor.

News Coverage | March 11, 2014

House members urge Tavenner to see value of mobile platforms - Modern Healthcare

Twenty-four House members have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner calling on the federal government to use the Stage 3 meaningful-use criteria of the EHR incentive payment program to address health disparities, while also embracing mobile platforms.

News Coverage | March 10, 2014

Racism’s at Root of Adegbile Denial - Colorlines

From the National Partnership for Women and Families: “At a time when gender- and race-based wage discrimination persist, when complaints of pregnancy discrimination are on the rise, and when women and men of color too often are denied opportunities to advance their careers, confirming a fair and tireless advocate should have been an easy call and a top priority for every senator.”

News Coverage | March 10, 2014

House lawmakers push Sebelius to reduce health disparities - Government Health IT

The House members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.

News Coverage | March 7, 2014

Businesses Must Improve Their Family Policies—For ‘Distressed Babies’ and All Workers - RH Reality Check

“Business owners play a key role in confirming that family-friendly workplace policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave are win-win for employees and employers,” Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership, told RH Reality Check.

News Coverage | March 7, 2014

Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities - EHR Intelligence

News Coverage | March 7, 2014

Calif. legislators seek help for LGBT population through Meaningful Use - Clinical Innovation + Technology

Meaningful Use could help reduce health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to California legislators.

News Coverage | March 6, 2014

Lawmakers Urge Obama Admin to Leverage Meaningful Use Program to Reduce Health Disparities - HIT Consultant

The members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.

News Coverage | March 6, 2014

Paid sick day protection gains steam across the U.S. - CNNMoney

Concerns over what paid sick leave could mean for small businesses owners have led to what Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, calls a “counter trend” — legislatures enacting laws against paid sick leave before support for the measure can take hold.

News Coverage | February 28, 2014 |

Requiring Paid Sick Leave - Management Decisions

A handful of states are passing laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave for employees. It's been a hotly debated topic in recent years with a number of factors playing a role. Vicki Shabo is the Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families and she tells Tim Muma why employees need to be given the benefit of paid time off for illnesss.

News Coverage | February 27, 2014 |

AROUND THE HILL - Politico Pulse

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Donna Edwards, and others participate in a discussion hosted by the National Partnership for Women & Families at 11 a.m. in SVC 212-10.

News Coverage | February 26, 2014

Baby steps - The Economist

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a campaign group, the payroll tax costs employees less than $2.25 per month. And when employees use PFL instead of relying on employer-provided paid leave, businesses save money. Indeed 9% of Californian businesses said that PFL had generated cost savings for their firm.

News Coverage | February 26, 2014

HIMSS14, Monday: Five things to know today - Clinical Innovation + Technology

There is a continuum for engagement, said Christine Bechtel, president of Bechtel Health Advisory Group and advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. Patients are enthusiastic about the ability to access their healthcare information and she cited a survey that found patients with such access feel their physician is more trustworthy.

News Coverage | February 23, 2014

Why your sick co-worker insists on coming in - CBS MoneyWatch

Almost 40 million U.S. workers lack paid sick leave, the National Partnership for Women & Families notes. Its report found that almost one-quarter of adults have either lost a job or been threatened with firing for taking time off to deal with an illness or a sick dependent.

News Coverage | February 20, 2014 |

Feb 19: Groups Weigh In on Success of HITECH Act, Meaningful Use - EMR Industry

Meanwhile, the National Partnership for Women & Families in a release noted the HITECH Act has greatly improved patients’ access to their health information, allowing many patients to: Access health information within hours or days of a clinical visit or hospital discharge; Contribute to their health records by emailing doctors with corrections or additional data; and View online, download or transmit their own health records.

News Coverage | February 19, 2014

Balancing family and work shouldn't be hazardous to your employment - Los Angeles Times

A recent survey of 1,000 likely voters, commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Rockefeller Family Fund, shows that a broad demographic swath of voters support family-friendly legislation and will cast their votes accordingly. The poll indicates voters are in favor of policy changes, including making it harder for employers to pay women less than men for similar work, guaranteeing workers the ability to earn paid sick time, and creating a national paid family and medical leave fund.

News Coverage | February 19, 2014

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