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  • The Equal Pay Act Turns 50: The Times They’ve Been a-Changin’

    1963 was a year of great change for our country. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the words “I Have A Dream,” President John F. Kennedy and civil rights activist Medgar Evers were assassinated, Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique first hit bookstore shelves and the Equal Pay Act was signed into law.

  • National Partnership Staff
    A Day of Action on Fair Pay

    Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act — a 1963 law aimed at closing the gap between the wages of men and women. But, despite this landmark law, a significant gender-based wage gap persists.

  • A Family Friendly America Must Eradicate Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

    At the National Partnership, we have been working for more than 40 years to make the country’s workplaces more fair and family friendly. That’s why we were proud to partner with a strong coalition of policy experts, business advocates and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations today to release A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.

  • Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

    “For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

  • Paid Sick Days Opponents Continue to Hide Behind Preemption

    Last month, I wrote about a disturbing trend: States are passing “preemption” laws that prohibit a growing number of cities and counties from adopting their own paid sick days standards. 

  • Keeping "Wellness" from Turning into Discrimination

    Today, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on a topic of critical importance to our nation’s workers: employer wellness programs.

  • New York City Council Paves the Way for One Million Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

    In a major victory in the effort to increase access to paid sick days, the New York City Council has passed a measure that would guarantee approximately one million workers the right to earn the paid sick time they need.

  • Mothers, Working Families Aren’t Fooled

    Working people today face serious challenges when it comes to managing job and family: Nearly 40 percent of workers in the private sector — and more than 80 percent of those who are low-wage workers — cannot earn a single paid sick day. Forty percent of all workers have no access to even unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act when serious personal or family medical needs arise.

  • Sad Day for Floridians

    Floridians are the latest state residents to fall victim to an underhanded and harmful effort to undermine democracy across the country.

  • Why the U.S. Desperately Needs a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

    The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee some type of paid time off for employees, despite ample evidence that paid leave policies benefit workers, businesses, and the economy.

  • Why the FMLA Isn’t Enough

    While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has helped more than 100,000 families take the time they need to care for their families, a striking 40% of the U.S. workforce isn’t eligible for the 12 weeks of unpaid leave the FMLA provides because their employers have fewer than 50 employees, or because they haven’t been working for their employers for at least a year and put in a minimum of 1,250 hours.

  • How the FMLA Has Helped Real Moms Meet the Dual Demands of Job and Family

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — a law that has allowed millions of mothers, fathers, adult children, and other hardworking people to care for their health and their families without having to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance.

  • The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

    Susan, a single mother in Missouri, has a 10-year-old son who has pneumonia. She wants to stay home and care for him, but she cannot because her boss refuses to let her take the day off and she is terrified that, if she misses work, she will lose her job.

  • Why Health IT is Truly the Cat's Meow

    Those of us who work in the health IT world spend our days analyzing policies, creating advocacy strategies, and talking about meaningful use criteria, quality improvement, and care coordination till we're blue in the face. But how does that play out when we leave the office? More often than not, we bring our work home.

  • From Seattle to New York City, Women and Families Need Action on Fair Pay It's that time of year again. A time when those of us who are committed to achieving equality for women are reminded of the work left to do.
  • Preemption: A Growing, Calculated Threat to Democracy

    From Vermont and New York City to Washington state, momentum and support for paid sick days policies are high.

  • Meaningful Use March Madness: SO/GI or Bust!

    Welcome to the final installment of Meaningful Use March Madness, a series of blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program.

  • National Partnership Staff
    Same-Sex Couples Deserve Equal Protection Under the Law

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the first of two cases that could significantly affect same-sex couples in this country.

  • It's All in the Details: Employer Wellness Programs Can Help or Harm As health care purchasers, consumers, and decision makers for ourselves and our families, women are keenly interested in wellness and preventing illness.
  • Meaningful Use March Madness: Keep Up the Pace

    Welcome to Meaningful Use March Madness, a series of blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program.

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