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Women's Equality Matters

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Women's equality matters because every American deserves quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and efforts to provide that remain under attack, as does the birth control coverage and access to reproductive health services that women need.

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.02.2014 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Building off of the victories of last year, 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. In fact, America is already more family-friendly.

Misguided Optimism: Living With Those Who Live in Denial

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

I hear about it weekly -- clients coming to my office, being driven to their wit's end, by parents, husbands, wives, partners and children whom I desc...

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality

Mothers, Working Families Aren't Fooled

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?

"Comp-Time" in a Real-time World

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Overtime pay is not just to be kind to workers. It also counteracts the absence of a federal statute that sets a ceiling on weekly work hours. What's to keep an employer from routinely asking for 70 hours and firing employees if they refuse?

Sick Days Go Viral

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Around the nation, states and localities are enacting laws that provide a sick days labor standard, so that workers do not lose wages or jobs when the flu strikes.

Laura Bassett

Bill Clinton Joins Push For Paid Sick Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Twenty years ago on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires companies to grant their e...

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Debra L. Ness

It is during public health crises like these that we are reminded of the grave consequences of our country's failure to let workers earn paid sick days.

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.

Economic Security Can Combat Domestic Violence

K. Sujata | Posted 12.18.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

We have the power to create systemic change in domestic violence if we empower women with the opportunities to have viable and long-lasting economic security.

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

At a time when more than 40 million hardworking Americans can't earn any paid sick time to use when they get stomach flu or need a medical test -- and millions more can't earn paid sick time to care for an ailing child -- it's a question we all need answered.

Continuing the Commitment to Working Mothers and Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.13.2012 | Women
Debra L. Ness

The sad truth is that becoming a mother in this country too often means the loss of a job and/or the beginning of financial hardship.

Lack of Paid Sick Days May Claim Latino Lives

Elisa Batista | Posted 02.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Elisa Batista

To Latino workers, really, all American workers, I say enough is enough. We can't afford to see what will happen the next time a flu pandemic sweeps our nation.

Discussions and Prospects for Extended Time Off Policy

David Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gray

Mandated paid leave remains a key priority of labor and women's groups. However, there are many obstacles standing in the way of federally mandated paid leave.

Erin Brockovich, Seventh Generation Launch Million Baby Crawl Campaign (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Oh baby! Seventh Generation has teamed up with Erin Brockovich and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in order to overthrow the old chemical legislatio...

Peaceful Revolution: Let Sick Workers Stay Home

Katie Bethell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Katie Bethell

What employer would want someone with the swine flu to show up at work? As it turns out, lots of them.

Peaceful Revolution: Let Sick Workers Stay Home

Katie Bethell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Katie Bethell

What employer would want someone with the swine flu to show up at work? As it turns out, lots of them.

Governor Schwarzenegger's Proposed Cuts Hurt Elderly, Disabled, Hungry Most

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

At noon on Sunday mornings the church I attend in downtown Oakland distributes about 100 bags of food. Those who line up to receive these bags are usu...

Redefining "Disability" for the Benefit of Workers.

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arlene M. Roberts

The arrival of a newborn is usually joyous. But the mood is often tempered by the reality of time off from work. Paid family leave is the logical solution, but logic does not always prevail in legislative chambers.