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Webinar helps employers of nursing mothers think outside the bathroom stall

A provision was added to the Affordable Care Act in 2010 requiring that employers “provide a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child...and a place, other than a bathroom...which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” The health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers is widely known. Did you know that employers benefit, too? Workplaces are enriched by breastfeeding with lower healthcare costs, lower absenteeism rates, higher productivity, lower turnover rates, as well as loyalty by breastfeeding employees. Even well-meaning...
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Consumer Reports Revela la Nueva Herramienta de Internet para Ayudar a los Consumidores a Navegar La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio

To read this blog post in English, click here . YONKERS, NY — Consumer Reports, la organización de servicio al consumidor sin fines de lucro que ha estado empoderando a los consumidores por más de 75 años, lanzó, una herramienta de internet innovadora que ofrece una guía personalizada para ayudar a los consumidores a entender mejor cómo pueden ser afectados por la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (Affordable Care Act u “ObamaCare”). La pieza central de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio es una manera completamente nueva de escoger y comprar seguro médico...
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Labor Day: A Time to Recommit

This Labor Day, throughout the nation we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working women and men. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate the people who really make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling to get by. This hasn’t happened by chance. Increasing political and corporate attacks on working people have pushed wages down for decades . Good jobs have become harder to find. Unemployment remains too high. Large raises...
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My remarks on wage discrimination for Women's Equality Day

Hello, I’m Laura Mui and I am chinese american, a mother to an incredible young person, partner, sister, spouse, daughter, therapist, teacher, friend, colleague, and a human being. Before I say a few words about my personal experience with wage discrimination, I’d like to express my sadness and pain for Michael Brown, his family, the Ferguson community and for our entire nation. I believe the system that allows anyone, the police included, to kill our young people, especially our young people of color without due justice, is the same system of inequality that turns their cheek to the unequal...
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"Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby." That's what one Member of Congress said to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand--while squeezing her waist.
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6 ways to stress less & simplify this fall

If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, scheduling, and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, and consider the following ideas for a simpler, less stressful school year.
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My remarks from the Women's Equality event with Leader Nancy Pelosi

I knew that affordable childcare would be a vital necessity -- my husband and I both have full-time jobs at nonprofits, our budget is very limited, and we do not have family nearby. The high cost of childcare, which is more than a college education in most states, has influenced where we live and what kind of jobs we have.
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Should firearms be presented as wholesome family fun?

The news a nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi submachine gun during a family vacation has shocked people across the country and the world. As a bsurd and irresponsible as it is, the gun industry aggressively markets firearms use as " wholesome family fun ." Bullets and Burgers, the Nevada establishment where the deadly incident occurred, is TripAdvisor's #1 attraction in Las Vegas with nearly 1,000 five star ratings, with the user reviews repeating the industry's anyone-can-have-fun-with-guns enthusiasm. Gun safety and responsibility continue to get...
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No One Ever Expects a Child to get Cancer-- and Why That Must Change

The commercials air every holiday season. They’ve featured an adorable little boy trying to make a lunch date with Jennifer Aniston , a giggling mischievous cherub teasing Robin Williams , and another hanging out with Olympic champion snowboarder Shaun White. These kids are cancer patients and their celebrity pals implore viewers to make donations to St. Jude’s Hospital. Every year I’d come across them while channel surfing and think, “Thank God, we’re not one of those families. Thank God we don’t have to deal with that!” That was until we were. Our 11-year-old daughter had been complaining...
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Ensure Fair Wages for Home Care Workers for Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. It has been almost a century since that historic occasion, and women have made enormous progress toward political and social equality. But when it comes to economic equity, many women still find it impossible to earn a decent living. We all know the stats—women still earn 77 cents on the dollar, when compared to their male counterparts. Wage discrimination is particularly egregious among women in domestic caregiving occupations. Home care aides, for example, who...
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