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Alabama Women and the Wage Gap

FACT SHEET | Women in Alabama are paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $11,089 between men and women who work full time in the state.

An Empty Promise: The Working Families Flexibility Act Would Give Workers Less Flexibility and Less Pay

Despite its name, the Cantor/Roby Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 sets up a dangerous false choice between time and money, when working families really need both. The bill does not promote family friendly or flexible workplaces. Instead, it would erode hourly workers’ ability to make ends meet, plan for family time and have predictability, stability and true flexibility at work.

Hearing: Health Information Technologies: How Innovation Benefits Patients

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee Statement for the Record, Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Member, Health IT Policy Committee. March 20, 2013.

National Partnership VP Christine Bechtel Testimony on Meaningful Use for Energy & Commerce Subcommittee

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Pallone and distinguished committee members... I am honored to be asked to speak with you today about how the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (commonly known as “Meaningful Use”) is not only catalyzing a fundamental change in the health care system, but is serving as a springboard for innovation.

Facts: Pregnancy Discrimination

Three-quarters of women entering the workforce will be pregnant and employed at some point. Most pregnant women are in the workforce. Among women who had a child in 2011, 62 percent were in the labor force.

Paid Sick Days Factoids

Women are increasingly their families' primary breadwinners and their families' caregivers. Yet 43 percent of women have no paid sick days.

Paid Leave Factoids

Only half of first-time mothers take any type of paid time off (including saved sick leave and vacation time) around their child’s birth, indicating that paid leave is not available to many women who need it. This proportion has not changed significantly in nearly a decade, and disparities by education level are striking.

Facts: Women and the Wage Gap

The average woman working full time, year round in 2011 lost $10,000 in earnings due to the wage gap. This means that, over the course of her lifetime, this same worker will lose over $430,000 compared to a male worker

National Women's Health Organizations Coalition Letter to U.S. Senate and House Committees on Appropriations

As national organizations committed to women’s health, we are writing in response to ongoing efforts by opponents of women’s health to undermine the contraceptive coverage provision in the Affordable Care Act. As you work to craft a measure to fund the federal government past March 27 and through fiscal year 2013, we stand in opposition to any language that will weaken the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage provision in any continuing resolution or omnibus appropriations measure.

Sherfel v. Newson Issue Brief

Wisconsin workers should be able to exercise their rights to paid leave under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act. But does the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act nullify a provision of Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act that permits workers to substitute employer-provided paid leave for unpaid leave?

Amicus Brief: Sherfel v. Gassman

Brief Amici Curiae of National Partnership for Women & Families, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Legal Momentum, National Women’s Law Center and Service Employees International Union in Support of Defendants-Appellants’ Argument for Reversal.

Updating the Family and Medical Leave Act

FACT SHEET | An assessment of the historic Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that includes an explanation of the law and reasons and opportunities for amending it.

Guia para la Familiares y Medicas (FMLA): Preguntas y Respuestas

A principios de 1993, el Presidente Clinton firmó la Ley sobre Licencias por Razones Familiares y Médicas (Family and Medical Leave Act - FMLA), con la cual culminó casi una década de lucha por promulgar una legislación que permitiera a las personas ausentarse del trabajo para cuidar de sus familias o de sí mismas. Esta Guía explica únicamente cómo funciona la FMLA, una ley federal.

FMLA 20th Anniversary: Key Messaging Points and Background

Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act – the first and only national law that enables workers to care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their jobs or their families’ economic security. This is a historic and celebratory moment that reminds all of us what can be accomplished when lawmakers come together to address the needs of our nation and its working families.

FMLA 20th Anniversary Coalition Flyer

February 5, 2013 is an important anniversary for our nation’s workers, marking 20 years since President Clinton signed the first new law of his Administration, the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA has been used more than 100 million times by workers all across the country to care for their new children, ailing loved ones, and their own serious health conditions.

Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan for Public Comment

Dear Dr. Mostashari: Thank you for your leadership in developing the Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which makes several important recommendations to promote the use of health IT to make care safer, as well as continuously improve the safety of health IT itself. We firmly believe that electronic health records and other forms of health IT must be safe, and agree that this issue is most effectively viewed in the broader context of patient safety, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2011 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.

A Look at the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Employee and Worksite Surveys

A Look at the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Employee and Worksite Surveys

Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Employers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Employers, health care providers and policymakers are pursuing improvements in health care services and delivery while seeking to reduce health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system innovations and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.

Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Health Care Providers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Health care providers and systems, policymakers and purchasers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services, improve quality, and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.

Banning Coverage of Abortion in Multi-State Insurance Plans: Moving in the Wrong Direction

The “Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act” or “SAFE Act” (H.R. 346), and the Senate version of this badly misnamed legislation, the “Preventing the Offering of Elective Coverage of Taxpayer-Funded-Abortion Act of 2013” or “PROTECT Act” (S. 154), would prohibit private insurance coverage of abortion in federally administered multi-state plans established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These bills, introduced by Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), are part of a nationwide effort to limit women’s access to abortion by banning insurance coverage for it.

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