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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 employees may find the challenge for complying with the mandate insurmountable without tangible resources.

Well now, there is a comprehensive resource chock full of ideas and examples to help employers comply with the regulation. Learn more about it on Thursday’s webinar: “Making It Work: Using New National Tools to Help Employers Support Nursing Moms”.

 

Consumer Reports Revela la Nueva Herramienta de Internet para Ayudar a los Consumidores a Navegar La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio

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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 HealthLawHelper.org, 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 individual a través de nuevos sitios de mercados. Con el inicio de los registros abiertos comenzando el 1ero de octubre de 2013, y el 31 de diciembre como fecha límite para que los pagadores de impuestos eviten penalidades, la herramienta y su reporte acompañante ayudarán a los consumidores a actuar rápidamente para identificar la mejor dirección de acción para ellos mismos y sus familias.

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 have gone almost exclusively to CEOs, corporate shareholders and the 1%. Working people are more productive than ever—but we’re not seeing the rewards. And the burdens of today’s economy fall particularly hard on women, people of color, children and young workers.

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 treatment and violence towards women.  As I am both a person of color and a woman, I have many experiences with discrimination by both individuals and by our system of policies and laws that value white people and men, especially white men, over people of color and women, but I only have time today, on Women’s Equality Day, two days from the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, to share one.

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 absurd 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 pushed aside in these conversations. What are your thoughts on fixing these gun free-for-alls?
 

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 absurd 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 pushed aside in these conversations. What are your thoughts on fixing these gun free-for-alls?
 

My remarks from the Women's Equality event with Leader Nancy Pelosi

Good morning, my name is Deandra Ludovice and I would like to thank Leader Pelosi for hosting this important discussion on women’s economic empowerment and I’d like to thank MomsRising, of which I am a proud member, for inviting me to speak.

As a first-time parent, I have faced many unexpected challenges. From learning how to function on sporadic sleep, to selecting the right type of bottle or sippy cup, each challenge large or small has been an eye-opening experience, especially the challenge of finding childcare for my 15-month-old son.

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.

We currently have a great situation with a sitter who comes to our home. This type of one-on-one care has been perfect for my son and our schedules, but his needs are changing.

6 ways to stress less & simplify this fall

In some Native American traditions, September signifies the start of a new year. It certainly feels this way to parents. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of the school year signifies opportunity, a time for a fresh start and a chance to give yourself permission (read Permission Granted) to do things differently. 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. Adopting even one of these ideas could make a huge difference in how you experience this potentially hectic time.Begin with compassion and baby steps as you consider the following:

Porky?!

Take Action!

Senator Gillibrand is speaking out about sexual harassment she faces in the United States Congress. Now she's dealing with backlash for exposing this truth. When women stand up and speak truth to power, we need to stand with them. And we must let Members of Congress know that sexual harassment has NO place in our society and certainly no place in the U.S. Capitol.

Tell every Member of Congress: Women deserve to be judged on their accomplishments and record, not on their looks. Sexism has no place in the U.S. Congress.

"Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby."

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 of headaches.   It’s hard to know with kids at that age whether you’re dealing with drama, the onset of hormones or something else entirely.   They don’t tell you everything.  It’s easy to miss a simple detail that could mean something huge. 

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