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Paid Family Leave is Getting Closer in NY, but We Need Your Help!

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 Category Family Leave

Spring is finally in the air in New York, and with it, we hope, some long overdue change for New York families.

After years of inaction in Albany, Republican and Democratic leaders are both talking about Paid Family Leave for New York. And it's not just talk. Later today, the State Assembly is expected to once again pass a paid family leave bill that ABB helped to draft. In the Senate, Republican leaders have included paid family leave in their budget proposal and are planning to hold a hearing on the issue within the next week.

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Women in the Global Workplace

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Category Uncategorized

On Tuesday this week, ABB’s Phoebe Taubman joined Law @ TheMargins and Anamaria Segura, staff attorney at MFY Legal Services, for a chat about issues facing women at the workplace in celebration of International Women's Day.  We talked about how motherhood is often a liability for women in the workplace, discussed the similarity of challenges facing women in New York and around the globe, and considered the potential of collective organizing and law reform to remove some of the barriers facing women workers today.

Tags: Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days, Pregnant Workers, Schedules that Work, care work
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Do you have the “appetite” for paid family leave? If you work in New York, we need your help!

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 Category Family Leave


According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York lacks the “appetite” for paid family leave. If you live or work in New York, we need your help to send a clear message to the Governor: New Yorkers are hungry for paid family leave! No New Yorker should be forced to risk his or her job or financial security to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition.

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Willing and Able to Do Her Job, but Fired for Being Pregnant

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Ms. Betzaida Cruz Cardona, who is due to have her first child in April, is homeless, broke, and out of a job, all because she was fired from her position as a Savers cashier when she announced she was pregnant.

Tags: Discrimination, Pregnancy, Pregnant Workers, PWFA, Fairness in the Workplace
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Introducing the Earned Sick Time Advisor for Workers in NYC: Get Personalized Info on Your Sick Time Rights!

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Monday, 23 February 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave
A Better Balance is thrilled to introduce an interactive web-based tool that will help workers in New York City determine how the Earned Sick Time Act applies to them! Tags: Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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Civil Rights and Working Families Top Agenda for NYC Council in 2015

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Last week, ABB was in the audience as City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito championed some of the causes closest to our hearts in her State of the City address.

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Protect America’s Working Families by Passing the Healthy Families Act

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave
Three weeks ago, President Obama called upon Congress to protect working families by creating a legal right to sick time at the federal level. Tags: Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days, Healthy Families Act
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22 Years of the FMLA: An Achievement to Build On

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 Category Family Leave
Twenty-two years ago today, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. Tags: leave, FMLA, Paid Family Leave, FAMILY Act, Family Leave Insurance Act, LGBT
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Know Your Rights: Time off for Recovery from Childbirth and the PWFA

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 Category Family Leave
While the PWFA provides critical protections during your pregnancy, your rights under the law don’t stop when you give birth. Tags: PWFA Blog Series, PWFA, Pregnant Workers, Pregnancy
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Know Your Rights: Breastfeeding and the PWFA

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Category Breastfeeding
If you are a breastfeeding mother in New York City who needs accommodations at work, you have important legal rights under both city and state law. Tags: Breastfeeding, PWFA, PWFA Blog Series, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers
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A Better Balance Applauds President Obama for Announcement of Policies Supporting Working Families

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Category Uncategorized

Statement of Dina Bakst and Sherry Leiwant, Co-Presidents, A Better Balance

New York, NY -- January 20, 2015 -- “A Better Balance applauds President Barack Obama for shining a national spotlight on paid family leave – and the idea that Americans cannot be financially secure unless our public policies support their ability to care for their children and families – in tonight’s State of the Union address...

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State of the Union: It’s Time to Protect Working Families!

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Friday, 16 January 2015 Category Family Leave
2014 was a blockbuster year for our work on paid leave, and we are already working with dozens of state and local coalitions drafting laws that will guarantee workers the paid time off they need to care for their families. That is why we are so thrilled to hear that President Obama is making paid family leave and paid sick days top priorities, insuring that the momentum from 2014 continues into 2015! Tags: new york, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days, Paid Family Leave
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Know Your Rights: Time Off for Prenatal Visits & Illness

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
If you are covered by the PWFA, you have a right to reasonable accommodations to protect the health of your pregnancy at work, so long as those accommodations do not create an undue hardship on your employer. Tags: pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time Blog Series, PWFA Blog Series, Pregnancy
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NEW CLAIMS FILED AGAINST WALMART FOR FAILING TO ACCOMMODATE PREGNANT WORKERS

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Friday, 19 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
“I made it clear to my supervisors that I wanted to keep working and that I could do several other jobs well,” said Riggins.  “I just needed to keep away from the chemicals, but Walmart said ‘No,’ even though I know they gave light duty to a coworker of mine when he hurt his back.  Finally, I was forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy and my paycheck.  No pregnant worker should have to make that decision.” Tags: pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers, Walmart
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When Workers Must Stay without Pay: SCOTUS Setback for Workers’ Rights

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Thursday, 11 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Jessie Busk and Laurie Castro worked for Integrity Staffing Solutions at a warehouse in Nevada, where they pulled products from the shelves and packed them for delivery to Amazon customers. Each day, Integrity required them and other employees to go through a security screening before they left the warehouse, purportedly to prevent theft. Due to long lines, employees had to wait for up to 25 minutes each day before they could be searched and then had to remove their keys, wallets, and belts and pass through metal detectors. Though searches were mandatory, the company refused to pay workers for the time spent waiting for and undergoing them. Tags: Schedules that Work, Supreme Court, Fairness in the Workplace
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ABB Client, Officer Lyndi Trischler, Tells Her Story at Supreme Court Rally

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace

This morning, ABB client, Police Officer Lyndi Trischler, had her story read at a rally on the Supreme Court steps while the high court heard oral arguments in the pregnancy discrimination case, Young v. UPS. We are reprinting her statement here.

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Stand with Peggy Young and all Pregnant Workers

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Monday, 01 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
This Wednesday, we’re rallying at the U.S. Supreme Court! In Young v. UPS the high court will decide whether a company policy that failed to provide “light duty” to pregnant workers, even though it provided light duty to other groups of workers, violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). This summer, ABB filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner, Peggy Young, explaining the devastating economic impact that such policies have on women and their families.
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A Reminder About Leave Protections for Victims of Violence

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – a day to raise awareness and take action against this worldwide problem. Since so many people are adversely affected by this issue, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the legal protections that can help those who are recovering from violent acts.  Tags: FMLA, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Paid Family Leave
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An Exciting Day for Human Rights in New York City

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Monday, 24 November 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance commends Mayor Bill De Blasio for appointing Carmelyn Malalis as Chair of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. The appointment is a critical first step in restoring the agency’s reputation as a trusted resource for New Yorkers seeking fair and thoughtful resolution of discrimination complaints. Tags: Untagged
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A Landslide for Paid Sick Time at the Ballot!

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
The momentum for paid sick time is undeniable! Last night, paid sick time ballot initiatives won by large margins in 4 elections: Massachusetts (statewide!), Oakland (California), and Trenton and Montclair (New Jersey). Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, NJ, California, Massachusetts
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