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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

Swine flu — and no paid sick leave - CNNMoney.com

"On the one hand, you have all of our top officials saying, 'Do the responsible thing. If you're sick, stay home,'" says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group that is pushing for paid sick leave laws.

September 28, 2009

Just grateful to have a job - GazetteXtra

The spotlight of the Great Recession has been properly on the nearly 10 percent of workers who are unemployed. But there has been far less said about the collateral damage on the 90 percent who "still have a job" but are looking at the empty seats. ...

September 11, 2009

Momentum Seen for Requiring Paid Sick Leave - New York Times

"The National Partnership for Women and Families, an advocacy group based in Washington, has been pressing for a federal Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee seven paid sick days per year for workers at businesses with 15 or more employees, to be used to recover from routine illness, care for a sick family member, or seek services to recover from domestic violence."

July 16, 2009

Many Workers Unable to Take Time Off - WiredPRNews.com (press release)

Debra Ness with the National Partnership for Women and Families is quoted in the report as stating of the issue, "The problem has really come into sharp relief the past few ...

May 3, 2009

Swine flu or not, many workers can't stay home - San Jose Mercury News

"The problem has really come into sharp relief the past few days," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which has long pushed for paid sick leave. "Many people don't even realize that almost half the private sector — 48 percent — has no sick days, not even a single one."

May 2, 2009

Swine flu or not, many workers can't stay home - NBC News

"The problem has really come into sharp relief the past few days," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which has long ...

May 1, 2009

Time to call in sick? Swine flu outbreak underscores the need for ... - Facing South

Nearly half of private sector workers in the United States don't have a single paid sick day, said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for ...

May 1, 2009

A Sick Situation - New York Times

For single-parent homes, or for families that depend on two incomes, “This could be the beginning of a spiral into economic disaster,” says Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

May 1, 2009

Swine Flu Poses Work Dilemma for Working Moms - U.S. News & World Report

"The CDC is making good suggestions, but they don't give any thought to the half of workers who don't have paid sick days," says Karen Minatelli, director of the work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

April 30, 2009

Stay Home with Swine Flu Symptoms? Not Without Paid Sick Days -Medical News Today

The following is a statement of Debra L. Ness, President National Partnership for Women & Families: "We all ...

April 28, 2009
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