The Atlantic Why Paid Leave Could Pass in Obama's Second Term: Americans Want It The Atlantic ... new Congress and the president consider laws that help secure working families, such as paid family leave and paid sick days, according to an exit ...
"These new data confirm that women work during their pregnancies. That is no surprise given the economic struggles so many families are facing. But it makes it even more unacceptable that, nearly 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act became law, so many pregnant women are reporting pregnancy discrimination," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership of Women & Families.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are the Top 10 states that best support new working mothers, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Their movement is picking up steam, despite the obstacles in Congress and in many states to passing any legislation helping workers. The organizers, most linked to either Family Values @ Work or the National Partnership for Women and Families, came from 23 states and the District of Columbia.
"When women do better, families do better. Yet every day, women across the country are forced to choose between their family's health and their paychecks because their jobs don't allow them to earn paid sick days."
Nearly half of all non-government workers — and 79% of low-income workers — don't get paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"On the one hand, you have all of our top officials saying, 'Do the responsible thing: If you're sick, stay home,'" Debra Ness told CNNMoney.com.
Christine Bechtel, a committee member from the National Partnership for Women & Families, suggested interoperability could be fostered by the exchange of scanned patient records in the Portable Document Format, better known as PDF. "This would facilitate the movement of data ... by getting a piece of paper to go with the patient" in an electronic format, she said.
For single-parent homes, or for families that depend on two incomes, “This could be the beginning of a spiral into economic disaster,” says Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
"The CDC is making good suggestions, but they don't give any thought to the half of workers who don't have paid sick days," says Karen Minatelli, director of the work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families.
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