National Partnership for Women & Families


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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