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  • Testimony to Expand FMLA

    On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families, I am pleased to express our strong support for House Bill 2278, The Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • U.S. Department of Labor FMLA Report Highlights

    The following selected findings were compiled and edited by Nicole Casta of the National Partnership for Women & Families from the U.S. Department of Labor report, Balancing the Needs of Families and Employers: Family and Medical Leave Surveys 2000 Update. These findings are based on two surveys: one representing all employees and one representing private-sector establishments.

  • 2010 State Action on Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Paid family and medical leave helps ensure workers can perform essential caretaking responsibilities for themselves, seriously ill family members, and newborn or newly-adopted children.

  • Valuing Families at Work: Priorities for Federal Action 2009

    The national economic crisis is taking an enormous toll on families. The unprecedented job losses have made women’s earnings more critical to families and to the economy. For both women and men, losing a job or a paycheck today can be catastrophic and can add demands on already strained state services.

  • Amicus Brief for the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Ingrid Reeves v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

    A 2009 friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama improperly concluded that Reeves did not present evidence of gender-based workplace harassment, and urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit not to make the same mistake.

  • Amicus Brief for the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Mary Lou Mikula v. Allegheny County of Pennsylvania

  • Amicus Brief for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Lynette Harris v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

    A 2009 friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reverse the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, which failed to recognize the gender bias and sexual harassing environment of Harris's workplace.

  • Amicus Brief: Frank Ricci et al. v. John Destefano et al.

    This Court and Congress have long made clear that Title VII prohibits both disparate impact and disparate treatment discrimination as coequal and complementary components of the Civil Rights Act’s commitment to equal opportunity in the workplace.

  • 111th Congress: Work and Family Agenda

    The 111th Congress Work and Family Agenda focuses on three areas: 1. Guaranteeing workers paid sick days for short-term, common illnesses; 2. Guaranteeing workers paid family and medical leave to care for longer-term, serious health conditions and to bond with new children; and 3. Correcting and expanding the FMLA to cover more workers.

  • How Consumer Advocates Can Get Involved

    To effectively advocate for a medical home that is truly patient centered, it is necessary to understand some of the changes that need to happen in the health care system.

  • Why Consumer Advocates Should Get Involved

    The medical home model is gaining momentum nationwide as a way to improve the quality of care and reduce costs by offering more accessible, comprehensive, and coordinated primary care.

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Where We Stand 30 Years Later

    Pregnancy discrimination complaints are on the rise – and have been for a very long time...

  • Title X Backgrounder

  • The Role of Consent in a Comprehensive Privacy and Security Strategy

    Consumer consent has long been seen as the privacy pillar for networked health information. But a privacy approach that rests solely on obtaining consumer consent can provide weak protection for consumers.

  • Amicus Brief: Ledbetter v. Goodyear

    Under the ruling below, an employee cannot challenge pay discrimination resulting from any decisions made before the most recent pay decision prior to the 180-day limitations period under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Statement of Opposition on the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito

    “Good morning. I am Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. We are a national advocacy organization that, for more than three decades, has broken new ground on issues that are vitally important to America’s women and families.

  • Deja Vu All Over Again: Re-nomination of Controversial Nominees

    The start of each new Congress and Administration provides an opportunity for a fresh start and a fresh approach to critical issues facing our nation. Nowhere is this opportunity more sorely needed than with judicial nominations.

  • Senate Bill for the Healthy Families Act in the 108th Congress

    A bill to provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

  • Statement of Debra L. Ness at the March for Womens Lives

    Wow! What a thrill it is to look out on this sea of pro-choice faces, to know that hundreds of thousands of people have come from all over the country – all over the world – to stand up for women’s lives. It’s been a long time since America’s pro-choice majority has dominated thescene. Too long. But we’re here today to change that. With this march, we begin a new era.

  • Family and Medical Leave as a Case Study

    Barriers to and opportunities for better federal government support for working families and communities are directly linked to governmental support at all other levels. In this era of renewed emphasis on federalism, work-family advocates cannot ignore state and local government venues, as illustrated in the nine-year effort to get the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enacted.

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