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A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | January 2, 2014

From paid sick days and paid leave victories to the introduction of the FAMILY Act, 2013 was a year of great progress for America’s working families. And 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start.
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Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Debra L. Ness | December 18, 2013

Tonight, the City Council in Newark, New Jersey, built on the great momentum we’ve seen around common sense paid sick days policies this year by passing its own standard.
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D.C. Poised to Strengthen Paid Sick Days Law

Debra L. Ness | December 17, 2013

It’s a good day for D.C. Today, the City Council voted unanimously to strengthen the District’s paid sick days law to cover more workers.
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New Map: The Preemption Trend Continues

Vicki Shabo | November 22, 2013

Support for paid sick days continues to grow. Meanwhile, opponents continue trying to thwart paid sick days efforts through "preemption" legislation.
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Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Judith L. Lichtman | October 30, 2013

Jersey City just became the first city in the Garden State with a paid sick days law. Now, the Newark City Council has taken a critical step toward doing the same in the state’s largest city.
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It's Official: Jersey City Will Guarantee Paid Sick Days

Judith L. Lichtman | October 21, 2013

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed the nation’s seventh paid sick days law, securing the city’s position as a leader for working families and bringing us closer to the day all workers have the right to earn sick days.
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The Jersey City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to guarantee workers can earn sick days, demonstrating its commitment to the city and its residents.
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One Year Later: A Stronger Seattle

Vicki Shabo | September 23, 2013

Seattle’s paid sick days law was signed two years ago today, and a new report reveals some great news about the strength of the city’s job market and its businesses since the law took effect one year ago.
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Time to Strengthen D.C.'s Paid Sick Days Law

Vicki Shabo | September 17, 2013

The D.C. City Council made history in 2008 when it passed the nation’s second paid sick days law. Today, the Council has a chance to build on the law’s unqualified success and help realize its full promise.
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Jersey City Takes a Great Step Toward a Sick Days Standard

Debra L. Ness | September 11, 2013

Members of the City Council in Jersey City, New Jersey, have taken an exciting step toward guaranteeing all workers in the city have the right to earn sick days. This is great news for the city, the state and paid sick days efforts across the country.
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Good News from Businesses in Connecticut

Vicki Shabo | September 9, 2013

Less than two weeks into this year, we have already celebrated a new paid sick days law in Portland, Ore., and a major victory in the effort to expand D.C.’s existing paid sick days law to cover tipped workers.
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Campaigns Heat Up, Progress Continues

National Partnership Staff | September 9, 2013

Summer may be coming to an end, but some efforts to advance paid sick days standards across the country are just starting to heat up.
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A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | August 30, 2013

Labor Day is a time to pay tribute to the enormous contributions of working people in this country. It is also a time for those of us who seek fairness and equality for all workers to consider how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.
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Today, the Rhode Island legislature became the third in the nation to pass a law that guarantees workers paid time off to care for seriously ill family members and new children.
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Early this morning, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days — taking a significant step forward for the country in giving workers this fundamental and common sense right.
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Today, despite the tremendous benefits paid sick days would have for the city’s working families, businesses, economy and public health, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the paid sick days bill passed by the City Council last month.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott handed the organized business lobby a victory today, and the losers are workers, local governments and the fundamental principle of democracy in Florida.
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Momentum Sparks New Campaigns, More Progress

Vicki Shabo | May 23, 2013

The success and progress of paid sick days campaigns in Portland, Ore., and New York City have added to the momentum around this common sense policy and sparked new campaigns and progress in other states and cities.
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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.
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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.
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