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Maryland man's lawsuit over sick leave is being considered by the US Supreme Court - Associated Press/Washington Post

The National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit that supports Coleman, says the outcome of the case could affect more than five million employees who work for state governments nationwide.

January 11, 2012

Sweet Victories: Lessons for 2012 - The Nation. (blog)

The Nation. (blog) Sweet Victories: Lessons for 2012 The Nation. (blog) The coalition relied on smart research and advice from the likes of the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the Economic ...

January 5, 2012

Why Sick Leave Is Important For LGBT Families - ThinkProgress

This morning, the Center for American Progress and the National Partnership for Women & Families hosted a discussion with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy on the growing momentum for paid sick days laws.

October 25, 2011

Paid sick leave action in Seattle keeps issue hot in Denver - Examiner

Seattle’s decision to become the third major city in the nation to require paid sick leave and the act drew praise from several groups who are deeply involved in the push to make paid sick leaves mandatory for workers in Denver, including the National Partnership for Women and Families, who called the passage of the initiative “groundbreaking”.

September 19, 2011

Getting Sick Doesn't Pay - Equal Voice

“A lot of momentum is building around the country,” said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families. “We know that people see it as a common sense issue.”

September 13, 2011

Seattle Ready to Mandate Paid Sick Leave - Food Safety News

Nationally, the National Partnership for Women and Families estimates that 44 million American workers must forego pay if they call in sick.

September 12, 2011

Momentum Builds for Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Legislation - In These Times

Their movement is picking up steam, despite the obstacles in Congress and in many states to passing any legislation helping workers. The organizers, most linked to either Family Values @ Work or the National Partnership for Women and Families, came from 23 states and the District of Columbia.

July 13, 2011

Conn. becomes 1st state requiring paid sick time - Yahoo! News

Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families, called the Connecticut law a "historic first step that has provided a shot in the ...

July 5, 2011

Michelle Obama, First Feminist, Takes on 'Women's Issues'Carefully - The Nation.

Though appearing at an event for a pro-choice organization - especially one at which the director, Debra Ness, decried "the vicious attack on women's health care" - ...

June 10, 2011

Conn. House debating paid sick leave bill - Victoria Advocate

"This is a symbol of progress for the movement and the fact that Connecticut is taking the lead really does provide a model and hope for the country," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the Washington, D.C.-based National Partnership for Women and Families.

June 4, 2011

State Senate OKs bill requiring employers to provide paid sick leave - New Haven Register

Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington, D.C., said the "most exciting and prominent action" on behalf of paid sick leave is at the municipal level, with San Francisco and Washington, D.C., requiring the benefit.

June 4, 2011

Connecticut families suffer when women have no paid sick days - CTPost.com

"When women do better, families do better. Yet every day, women across the country are forced to choose between their family's health and their paychecks because their jobs don't allow them to earn paid sick days," said Debra Ness, president of National Partnership for Women & Families.

March 23, 2011

Workers Without Sick Days Are Bad For Your Health - Business News Daily

“This study has important implications for the nation’s economy,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. “With unemployment so high and job searches taking so long, greater access to earned paid sick days will help ensure that workers won’t lose their jobs if they get sick or a child needs care.”

January 7, 2011

Connecticut Should Set Trend on Paid Sick Leave - Womens eNews

When he moves into the governor's mansion next month, Connecticut will be poised to become the first state to enact legislation allowing workers to earn paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington, D.C.

January 7, 2011

Sick at work? Health experts say 'go home' - The Columbus Dispatch

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, about 55 percent of U.S. workers don't have paid sick days.

November 5, 2010

Survey: Working Sick is Wrong - Public News Service

Debra Ness, who is president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, says there's growing recognition that paid sick leave benefits employers, as well as employees.

June 22, 2010

The Nation: Sick And Tired Of No Sick Leave - NPR

"Health reform was a giant step forward, but working people need to be able to access health care," said Debra Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women and Families. "The best system in the world does no good to a worker who can't take time off to visit a doctor or get a test."

April 29, 2010

Survey shows day cares are too quick to send sick kids home - USA Today

Nearly half of all non-government workers — and 79% of low-income workers — don't get paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

April 19, 2010

Swine flu: Without paid sick leave, workers won't stay home - Christian Science Monitor

"The flu epidemic really brings into sharp relief the kind of strain that this is putting on families," says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

November 11, 2009

Bosses of America, how about coughing up a few paid sick days? - Plain Dealer

"On the one hand, you have all of our top officials saying, 'Do the responsible thing: If you're sick, stay home,'" Debra Ness told CNNMoney.com.

October 25, 2009
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