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First Lady Calls for Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days

In a speech Thursday at the Department of Labor, First Lady Michelle Obama made a forceful call for new policies that value families at work – including paid sick days and family leave. Describing the challenges families are facing today

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Family Advocates Call for Paid Sick Days as HHS Launches “National Influenza Vaccination Week”

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2009 Contact: Ellen Bravo, Executive Director, 414-916-7078 Washington, DC: Today Family Values @ Work – a network of 14 state coalitions that supports strong health and family policies in the workplace – called on federal

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New Paid Sick Days Bill Introduced in Maine

In October, Maine State Senate President Libby Mitchell introduced “An Act to Aid in the Prevention of the Spread of H1N1 Influenza by ensuring the Provision of Earned Paid Sick Time.” The bill would provide approximately six paid sick days

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A National Policy Win for Military Families

The Family Values @ Work Consortium, a network of 14 state coalitions working on policies such as paid sick days and affordable family leave, applauds the inclusion of expanded caregiving time for military families in the National Defense Authorization Act

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New Report: Unions Increase Access to Family-friendly Policies

The Labor Project for Working Families and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education recently released a report showing that unions have a positive impact on family-friendly workplace policies like paid family leave, paid sick days, family health

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Giant germs out to make a point: New Yorkers need paid sick days

Super-sized germs moved among New Yorkers on Monday … not to spread disease, but a simple message: When almost half of the workers in New York don’t receive paid sick days, it’s a public health hazard. They had their moment

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Organizations Release Valuing Families Agenda as Response to the Shriver Report

A diverse network of state and national organizations is releasing a Valuing Families Agenda, offering solutions to issues raised in a new report by Maria Shriver. “The Shriver Report:  A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything” explores the ways that women’s entry

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Sick in the City: What Lack of Paid Leave Means for New Yorkers

New York Paid Sick Days coalition member A Better Balance, with Community Service Society, have released a new report, “Sick in the City: What the Lack of Paid Leave Means for Working New Yorkers. The report found that nearly half

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ABC News Talks About Importance of Paid Sick Days

On October 7, 2009,  ABC World News aired a story about the need for paid sick days during the H1N1 epidemic. It features interviews with Linda Meric at 9to5 and Deborah Leff at the Public Welfare Foundation. Here’s a link

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Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition Releases Health Impact Assessment

On October 7, 2009, the Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition released the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Paid Sick Days in Massachusetts, produced by Human Impact Partners and funded in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Drawing on

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