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Pa. Workers, Businesses Need a Paid Sick Leave Law - Philly.com

The National Partnership for Women and Families reports that in San Francisco, the first American city to enact sick leave legislation, more than 70 percent of employers said there was no impact on their profitability.

July 22, 2015

Lawmakers Aim to Help People Balance Work, Family - Stateline

“Families are really struggling, and part of the reason they can’t get ahead is they lack basic protections,” said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C. “The challenges they’re facing are not their individual problems to face — they’re not alone. These are challenges that really sweep the country.”

July 9, 2015

Which new laws take effect July 1 in California? - Associated Press/KRCA

"This policy is good for workers, good for business and good for the economy," said Vicki Shabo, a vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which promotes such policies.

July 1, 2015

California paid sick leave act goes into effect July 1 - KXTV-TV/USA Today

It's unclear whether other states require certain employers to provide unpaid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

June 30, 2015

Millions Of California Workers Could Benefit From New Sick Pay Law - Associated Press/CBS SF Bay Area

“This policy is good for workers, good for business and good for the economy,” said Vicki Shabo, a vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which promotes such policies.

June 30, 2015

5 Key Facts About Montgomery County’s New Paid Sick Leave Law - Bethesda Magazine

The Montgomery County law is the country’s twenty-third paid sick days law, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a group of advocates for paid sick days.

June 23, 2015

Facebook sets improved wages, benefits for contract workers - USA Today

"Facebook's extraordinary announcement marks the dawn of a new day in this country," said National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra Ness.

May 13, 2015

Murray launches new push for paid leave - The Hill

"Paid sick days laws are or will soon be in place in 21 places across the country and 81 percent of voters say they want lawmakers to consider new laws like paid sick days,” the National Partnership for Women & Families said in a statement. “It is past time for action at the federal level.”

April 23, 2015

Patty Murray Vows To Pursue ‘Every Avenue' For Paid Sick Leave - Huffington Post

Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said that “this is the time, this is the moment” to pass federal legislation on paid sick leave."

April 20, 2015

Working Parents Should Be Very Happy About This Obscure Senate Vote - Huffington Post

Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said, “There was not a big lobbying effort around this amendment,” she said. “The vote was a surprise -- but a very positive surprise.”

April 6, 2015

Microsoft Requires Suppliers Give Their Employees 15 Days of Paid Sick Leave - Bloomberg BNA's "Human Resources Report"

Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, told Bloomberg BNA in an interview April 2 that Microsoft's move is “an interesting first step we haven't seen others do.”

April 2, 2015

Senate Shock: Bipartisan Support for Paid Sick Days - RH Reality Check

“To see 61 senators—Democrats and Republicans—go on record in support of paid sick days is a clear sign that elected officials are hearing from their constituents and taking note of the many cities and states that are adopting paid sick days laws, which are working well for businesses, economies, workers and families,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

March 27, 2015

Senate passes amendment on paid sick leave - Safety+Health Magazine

March 27, 2015

Taking aim at tech industry inequality, Microsoft extends paid leave to thousands of contractors - Washington Post's "Wonkblog"

“This is one way of changing culture, and changing business practices, and ultimately changing public policy,” said Vicki Shabo, who oversees workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

March 26, 2015

Senate must confirm Loretta Lynch now - The Hill

"At this moment in history, when we have had so many reminders that discrimination still pervades our workplaces and communities, confirmation of Lynch to serve as attorney general would send a powerful and badly needed message that lawmakers can put aside partisanship and petty squabbling when so much is at stake'" said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

March 12, 2015

City, county leading the region, country with paid parental leave for municipal employees - Pittsburgh City Paper

"Pennsylvania doesn't really do much beyond what federal law requires, and beyond extended benefits for some state workers," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Her organization gave Pennsylvania a grade of D on its report about the 50 states' family-leave policies.

March 4, 2015

Supporting Working Families - Vicki Shabo - Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, Sirius XM 111

“These issues are gaining so much momentum, and we’re seeing news article after news article writing that [paid leave and paid sick days are] 'the next big thing,' but it’s up to the people to bring these changes to fruition," said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

March 1, 2015

Washington Update: Paid sick leave gets presidential push - Safety+Health Magazine

However, the Washington-based National Partnership for Women & Families, a strong proponent for paid sick leave, cited a study that found paying a worker to stay home when sick saves employers twice as much money than paying for them to work when sick.

February 21, 2015

Advocates Say the Time Is Now for National Paid Sick Leave Legislation - RH Reality Check

While the press conference was happening, Philadelphia became the 17th U.S. city to pass a local law mandating paid sick days. Three states—Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts—mandate paid sick leave as well. The bulk of these advances at the city and state level have come just in the last two years, the fruits of a decade-long grassroots campaign. “What a difference a few years makes,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

February 13, 2015

DeLauro, Murray reintroduce legislation on paid sick days - Safety+Health Magazine

Employees without paid sick days are more likely to go to work while ill, potentially spreading infectious diseases to co-workers, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a proponent of sick-day legislation.

February 13, 2015
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