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    Advocate

    Save The Date - Advocacy Day Scheduled for Tuesday, May 13 in Albany!

    • Join March of Dimes at the Hampton Inn & Suites for our morning program where you will learn all that you need to know in order to have a successful advocacy day! 
    • Pose for a photograph with your fellow advocates in front of the New York State Capitol.  
    • Meet with your legislators in the afternoon to discuss important legislation impacting moms and babies in New York.

    Ready to register? Have questions? Please contact Caitlin Conner, State Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs, at 518-453-0474 or cconner@marchofdimes.com.

    Issue Highlight: Pregnancy Discrimination - Part II

    A recent Spotlight on Statistics prepared by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics noted: "Women's labor force participation rates are significantly higher today than they were in the 1970s. Throughout that period, women have increasingly attained higher levels of education and experienced an increase in their earnings as a proportion of men's earnings."  In fact, the United States Department of Labor reports that women's participation in the labor force accounted for 57.7 percent of the working age women population in 2012. Women are entering the workforce today more than they have in the past.

    So what happens when women who have entered the workforce become pregnant? Do they leave the workforce? According to a report prepared by the United States Census Bureau, the answer is no.  "The labor force participation of mothers has increased dramatically over the last 3 decades [...]." In fact, among all first-time mothers who worked while pregnant between 2006 and 2008, 88 percent worked into their last trimester, while 65 percent worked into their last month of pregnancy. 

    And after pregnancy, these new mothers return quickly to the workforce. The United State Census Bureau further reports that from 2000-2007, 45 percent of all mothers with newborns were working by the third month, 57 percent of all mothers with newborns were working by the sixth month, and 64 percent of all mothers with newborns were working by the twelfth month. 

    What does this all mean? Pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions need to be addressed in the workplace since moms-to-be and new mothers represent an increasing percentage of the workforce.

    2014 - 2015 Budget Timeline:

    • Completed! - The Division of  the Budget sends Agency Call Letter to all agency heads. Agency heads submit budget requests that comply with instructions in the Agency Call Letter to the Division of the Budget.
    • Completed! - Governor Cuomo presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature. 
    • Completed!  - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills. The 2014-2015 budget bills passed by both the New York Senate and Assembly include the following provisions:
      • $3 million in new funding for Nurse-Family Partnership
      • Elimination of 6-month waiting period for previously insured children to enroll in New York's Child Health Plus
      • Extension through 2017 of previously enacted income and benefit expansions to New York's Child Health Plus
      • Funding for municipalities to provide prenatal care to uninsured women

    Next Step - Governor Cuomo reviews budget bills passed by the legislature – may use line item veto.

    Next Step - Enacted Budget.

    Stay Informed:

    Join the March of Dimes advocacy network to receive occasional emails about key legislation important to moms and babies. The advocacy network is made up of volunteers and staff who promote the March of Dimes mission by contacting the governor and state legislators in response to New York Chapter action alerts. We need your help - every voice makes a difference!

    Do you know who represents you in the U.S. Senate or the New York State Assembly?  Find out by joining the March of Dimes advocacy network!

    Visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/advocacy/actioncenter.html to register! 

    Did you know...

    • According to the United States Department of Labor, the top three industries with the largest percentage of total employed women are: Education and Health Services - 36.3 percent; Professional and Business Services - 10.2 percent; Leisure and Hospitality - 10.1 percent.
    • One out of every two moms works during pregnancy and goes back to work after her baby is born.
    • Pregnancy discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission increased 58 percent between 1997 and 2008, on top of a 10 percent increase between 1992 and 1996. 

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