According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), only 11 percent of US workers have access to paid parental leave, leaving the rest to rely on some combination of vacation days, sick and disability leave, and employer sympathy.
Changing or delaying Stage 3 of meaningful use would only harm patients, says the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC) in response to a recent white paper released by a group of six Republican senators questioning the trajectory of the HITECH Act and the EHR Incentive Program.
A post-election survey for National Partnership for Women & Families found that 96 percent of self-described Democrats, 87 percent of Independents, and 73 percent of Republicans believe it is important for Congress to consider new laws including paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance.
Only 50% of first-time mothers get any paid leave at all after their child is born, "and that paid leave comes from cobbling together vacation, sick, disability, personal and any designated maternity leave," says Judith Lichtman, senior adviser for the organization.
Critics - including...the National Partnership for Women and Families - complain that despite Republican claims to the contrary the measure lacks adequate enforcement.
In 2006, San Francisco became the first city to required companies to provide paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Judith Lichtman, senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women and Families, argued the public sector's option was created in 1985 to save federal, state and local governments money, not to offer workers more flexibility. Most private-sector workers, she added, lack the union and civil service protections that give government employees leverage in the arrangement.
Judith L. Lichtman, the organization’s senior advisor, testified against the bill before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, saying, “it would leave workers with neither pay nor time” and “magnifies the power imbalance between employer and employee.”
The Campaign for Better Care and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth have submitted joint comments responding to a request for information on how the federal government could advance interoperability and health data exchange efforts...
"We are particularly concerned about the impact for low-wage workers, those who may be more vulnerable in the workplace and may be less aware of their rights or less likely to exercise their rights," said Crawford.
By broader U.S. standards, though, Yahoo is in an elite group, said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington. Only 11 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid family leave, she said.
"We think it is a completely disingenuous proposal that will strip people of both the money and the flexibility of time off they need," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership.
"I think this should be a no-brainer. There’s no rational reason to deny women in the Peace Corps coverage," said Andrea Friedman, a reproductive health director at the National Partnership for Women and Families, an advocacy group.
"It should be called the Employer Flexibility Act, because at every turn here, the employer gets to decide," said Judith Lichtman, senior adviser for the National Partnership for Women & Families.
New York was seen as a “tipping point,” says Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which has been leading campaigns supporting their passage.
'This legislation is based on smoke and mirrors," said National Partnership for Women and Families senior adviser Judith Lichtman in her testimony before the committee.
This week, we recognize yet another Equal Pay Day — the day that marks how far into the new year women have to work to catch up with men’s wages from the previous year.
"We are the hub of both coordination and activity on this," said Vicki Shabo, the group’s director of work and family programs. "We help to connect grass-roots and national organizations."
"African-American women and Latinas fare worse, being paid 64 cents and just 55 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men," added Ness.
"The point we're trying to make here is there's a significant wage gap no matter where you're at in the country," says Sarah Crawford, director of workplace fairness at NWPF.
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