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NYC deal is key in sick days push, advocates say - Associated Press

"It's a real step forward for our country because of the significance of New York City, the number of workers this supports and the fact that this creates momentum around the country," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, one of the groups pushing the paid sick time cause nationwide.

March 29, 2013

Does paid sick leave hurt employers and the economy? - MSNBC's The Cycle

Only 19% of low-wage workers have access to paid sick days, and adults without sick leave are 1.5 times more likely to go to work sick, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

March 21, 2013

Portland Joins Small Group of Jurisdictions In Adopting Paid Sick Leave Ordinance - Bloomberg BNA

Debra L. Ness, president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Partnership for Women & Families... issued a statement March 13 congratulating Portland on the passage of the law.

March 18, 2013

Home With the Flu? 20 Years of the Family Medical Leave Act - New York Times' "Motherlode"

An election eve survey commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families found bipartisan support for laws ensuring workers the right to earn paid sick days and “creating a system of family and medical leave insurance”: 86 percent of respondents who supported both candidates considered it important, and 63 percent called it “very important.”

February 4, 2013

The health advantages of sick days - Washington Post

The health advantages of sick days Washington Post ... for paid sick days would not stop the flu, but it would mean that more people could stay home when they get it. It should be a high priority for Congress.

January 21, 2013

Flu is upon us: to call in sick or not to call in sick? - WBEZ

Vicki Shabo directs work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families. She says a big problem being overlooked is that at least 40 percent of the people who work in the United States don’t have paid sick leave.

January 15, 2013

Conservative Birthrate Panic: Our Hope for Better Work/Family Policies? - The Nation. (blog)

The Nation. (blog) A new poll, out this week from Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group for the National Partnership for Women & Families, found ...

December 4, 2012

Why Paid Leave Could Pass in Obama's Second Term: Americans Want It - The Atlantic

The Atlantic Why Paid Leave Could Pass in Obama's Second Term: Americans Want It The Atlantic ... new Congress and the president consider laws that help secure working families, such as paid family leave and paid sick days, according to an exit ...

December 3, 2012

In Bloomberg's Healthy NYC, Still Afraid to Take (on) Sick Days - The Atlantic

"It's natural that if you're worrying about the size of a soda," says Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at Washington DC's National Partnership of Women & Families, "you're also worrying whether the person serving it to you had no choice but to sneeze in it."

July 26, 2012

Workplace policies are failing working moms, say Latina advocates - NBC Latino

NBC Latino Workplace policies are failing working moms, say Latina advocates NBC Latino "Nearly 12 million Latinos - almost 60 percent of the Hispanic workforce, have no access to a paid sick day," says Leticia Mederos, vice president of the ...

June 28, 2012

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
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