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Abortion rights activists gearing up in Louisiana - Melissa Harris-Perry

In November, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals passed regulations affecting the state’s abortion clinics, imposing new space requirements on abortion providers that not one of the state’s five existing clinics would be able to meet.

News Coverage | February 1, 2014

Why Are Workplaces Still Not Ready For Pregnant Workers? - ThinkProgress

The majority of new moms say they worked while they were pregnant, yet their employers often failed to accommodate their pregnancies before giving birth or their needs afterward, according to a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | January 31, 2014

Difficulties for Pregnant Women - Politico Pulse

It’s now usual for women to work professionally while pregnant, but many encounter significant barriers to success on the job, according to a survey brief released by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | January 31, 2014

Women's Groups Use SOTU to Stake Out Agenda - Women's eNews

Throughout the country, Ness said, workers need the chance to earn paid sick days so they can "recover from illness and care for sick children and family members."

News Coverage | January 30, 2014

President Urges Lawmakers to Act on Jobs, Leaves Open Possibility for Unilateral Moves - Bloomberg BNA

Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, praised Obama for addressing the issue, but said he can do more to promote pay equity.

News Coverage | January 30, 2014

Childbirth Connection Becomes Program of NPWF - United States Breastfeeding Committee

The National Partnership for Women & Families and Childbirth Connection announced that they have joined forces, with Childbirth Connection becoming a core program of the National Partnership.

News Coverage | January 29, 2014

Women front and center in Obama’s State of the Union address - Al Jazeera America

“The way people experience these issues isn’t necessarily in buckets," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families. "The same person may be paid less than her male co-worker and therefore can’t afford child care, and when her kid gets sick she can’t take leave.”

News Coverage | January 29, 2014

Paid Leave Laws Catch On Across the Nation - NPR

On the other hand, Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families says paid leave can be a lifesaver for workers. She says more women than ever are breadwinners for their families even as they remain the primary caregiver.

News Coverage | January 28, 2014

Bill would require paid sick leave - U-T San Diego

Connecticut is the only state in the nation to have adopted a paid sick leave law, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group.

News Coverage | January 21, 2014 |

Wisconsin may eliminate ban on 7-day work weeks - MSNBC

“It’s the employer that gets to decide when and under what circumstances you can take this comp time,” National Partnership for Women and Families senior adviser Judith Lichtman told MSNBC at the time, an argument that would be echoed by opponents of the seven-day work week bill.

News Coverage | January 17, 2014

DeSalvo Discusses Future of Health IT in First Remarks as ONC Leader - iHealthBeat

In a release, Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, wrote that DeSalvo has an "impressive ability to bring diverse stakeholders together" and "understands well how to address the challenges associated with building health IT infrastructure in our local communities."

News Coverage | January 15, 2014

Moms in ‘Survival Mode’ as U.S. Trails World on Benefits - Bloomberg

Workers would be able to take a partial paid leave of up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child, their own serious health condition or that of a child, spouse or domestic partner.

News Coverage | January 15, 2014

DeSalvo steps into ONC amid pressing challenges - Medical Practice Insider

"DeSalvo’s on-the-ground experience in New Orleans demonstrates her impressive ability to bring diverse stakeholders together. We are confident that she will use those skills to build support for efforts to ensure that health IT is used to achieve the triple aim of better health, better healthcare and lower costs for patients and families," Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families said in a prepared statement, calling on DeSalvo to prioritize the needs of patients and families within health IT policy.

News Coverage | January 14, 2014

States, cities prescribe paid sick leave rules - USA Today

A growing number of cities and states are starting to require employers to provide paid sick leave.

News Coverage | January 12, 2014 |

Meet the chutzpah hospital!: Healthcare giant defies feds, denies it has employees - Salon

NWLC, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the Service Employees International Union filed briefs Monday with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals contesting the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s case against the OFCCP.

News Coverage | January 3, 2014

13 Experts Reflect on 2013 Health IT Progress, Frustrations and Hopes for 2014 - iHealthBeat

2013 marked significant growth in the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records, as well as some key changes that could affect the future of the program.

News Coverage | January 2, 2014 | Health Care

UPMC contends it is not subject to affirmative action audits - TribLIVE

The National Women's Law Center, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Partnership for Women & Families joined in one brief, while SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania filed a second one. Both filings contend that UPMC's arguments aim to scuttle affirmative action protections that have governed federal contractors for decades.

News Coverage | December 31, 2013

Family Leave Laws Enacted In 10 Cities And States In 2013 - NPR

Ten cities and states have passed laws guaranteeing access to some kind of family leave this year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with director Vicki Shabo about efforts to make family leave mandatory.

News Coverage | December 29, 2013

Creating a Family Friendly America - U.S. News & World Report

News Coverage | December 26, 2013

FMLA 20 Years Later: It’s Time To Take It Further - THELAW.TV

MLA was intended to be a “first step on the road to a family-friendly nation,” Debra Nass of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which helped draft FMLA, said. Yet in 20 years, there has been virtually no expansion.

News Coverage | December 24, 2013

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