National Partnership for Women & Families


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.

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.

Sad Day for Floridians

Debra L. Ness | May 3, 2013

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

The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | April 24, 2013

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.

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

Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Portland!

National Partnership Staff | March 13, 2013

Just moments ago, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will let tens of thousands of workers in Portland earn the paid sick days they need.

Progress in Washington, Vermont and Philadelphia!

National Partnership Staff | February 19, 2013

Earlier this month, lawmakers in Washington state held a hearing to consider proposed paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance bills.

More 2013 Paid Sick Days Campaigns Kick Off!

National Partnership Staff | February 1, 2013

On opposite sides of the country, coalitions of workers, businesses and activists kicked off paid sick days campaigns this week.

In a seemingly impromptu discussion of work and family policies this week, two news anchors at a FOX affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, offered their opinions on why both paid sick days and paid maternity leave should be basic workplace standards.

Now is the Time for Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia

National Partnership Staff | January 25, 2013

With a swell of support from a coalition of workers, advocates, businesses and lawmakers, a proposal for a citywide earned paid sick days standard was introduced in the Philadelphia City Council today.

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | January 14, 2013

By now, we have all heard about or been affected by the influenza outbreak that is sweeping the country and taking a staggering toll.

Fantastic Video Shows Seattle “Works Well” with Paid Sick Days

National Partnership Staff | December 7, 2012

Seattle’s paid sick and safe time law went into effect on September 1 of this year. A great new video from the city’s Office for Civil Rights, “Why Seattle Works Well,” highlights the benefits of the law for Seattle’s workers and families.

Maryland Paid Sick Days Campaign Kicks Off

National Partnership Staff | November 19, 2012

Advocates, workers, legislators, public health officials and business owners launched a campaign for a paid sick days standard for the state of Maryland last week.

Election Brings Paid Sick Days Victory in California!

National Partnership Staff | November 15, 2012

Hotel workers in Long Beach, California, are celebrating after voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance this month to establish a living wage and paid sick days standard for those employed by the city’s larger hotels.

The Urgent Need for a Paid Safe Days Standard

National Partnership Staff | October 31, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be coming to a close today, but the urgent need to prevent domestic violence and support survivors continues.

Exciting New Campaigns in Portland and Miami!

National Partnership Staff | October 19, 2012

Warm weather may be gone or fading fast in many places but, when it comes to sick days, things are heating up in at least two corners of the country!

Making Sustainable Scheduling a Priority

National Partnership Staff | October 10, 2012

Every day, workers across the country are forced to choose between their jobs and their health and the health of their families.

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

Debra L. Ness | October 1, 2012

This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not.

A Sad Day and a Hopeful Lesson in Orange County

Vicki Shabo | September 19, 2012

Late yesterday, it became disappointingly clear that voters in Orange County will not see a proposal for earned sick time on their ballots in November.

For anyone paying attention to the effort to establish an earned sick day standard in the Sunshine State, this is a legitimate question.

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