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One Year and Counting: Sick Time in NYC and NJ

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Thursday, 30 July 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave
Today is the one-year anniversary of workers’ right to use sick time under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act.  Data show that the number of workers with paid sick time increased by more than one million in the Mid-Atlantic region, due largely to the laws we helped to draft and pass in NYC and many cities in New Jersey. Help us continue to spread the word about workers' rights!
Tags: New Jersey, NYC, sick leave, Paid Sick Time
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“Schedules That Work Act” – A Solution to A Growing Problem

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

A perfect storm has happened with respect to work hours in the United States economy. As our workforce has changed with women becoming half of all workers, issues around control of schedules in order to meet family needs have become more and more significant.  Workers’ lack of control over their hours is a problem for all workers across the economic spectrum.  For low wage workers in particular the tremendous growth of hourly part-time work in many sectors has led to abusive scheduling practices that have exacerbated these issues for millions of workers and their families.

Tags: Schedules that Work, Fairness in the Workplace, Workplace Flexibility, Right to Request
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New York State Laws get an Equality Upgrade

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Monday, 13 July 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
2015 is proving to be a big year for women's equality in New York. Our recent webinar with NYCLU covers all the new legal protections passed by the legislature this session.
Tags: new york, Know Your Rights, Fairness in the Workplace, women's equality
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Momentum on the PWFA Continues to Build, While Alternative Bill Proves Lacking

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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Last month, Rhode Island became the 16th state in the country to provide stronger protections for pregnant workers in need of reasonable accommodations to stay healthy and on the job. The PWFA, which now has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, is similarly gaining speed. However, another proposal recently introduced in Congress fails to address the real needs of pregnant workers. Tags: Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act, Rhode Island, Pregnancy, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Workers, PWFA
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Paid Sick Time Arrives in California and Massachusetts

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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave

Although separated by more than two thousand miles, workers in California and Massachusetts share a reason to celebrate today. In both states, it is the first day that workers have a right under state law to earn paid sick time!

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A Historic Ruling for Marriage Equality and Access to the FMLA

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Friday, 26 June 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
The Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision makes it crystal clear that LGBT workers in all 50 states have a fundamental right to marry—which means same-sex spouses will also be treated equally under the FMLA! Tags: LGBT, FMLA, Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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We Need Schedules That Work For Everyone

by Sherry Leiwant, Co-President
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

How would you provide child care for your 3-year old if you never knew from week to week what your working hours would be?  Would you be able to afford the child care and transportation you paid for when you were called into work and then sent home without earning anything?  How would you make the rent if there were weeks in a month when your boss didn’t call you in for work at a retail establishment because you couldn’t be available for all the hours the store was open?  As our workforce has changed with women becoming half of all workers, issues around control of schedules in order to meet family needs have become more and more significant.  And with the tremendous growth of hourly part-time low wage work, abusive scheduling practices have exacerbated those issues for millions of workers and their families.

Tags: Schedules that Work, Fairness in the Workplace, caregiver discrimination, California, new york, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
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Top 6 Things Fathers Should Know About Their Workplace Rights

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Friday, 19 June 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s what every dad should know about his rights – or lack of – in the workplace. If you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift, forget the necktie and send dad this list - something he can actually use at work.

Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Schedules that Work, Workplace Flexibility, family status discrimination, caregiver discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA, Paid Family Leave, dads, Father's Day, fathers
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Better Workplace Protections For NY Dads This Father’s Day!

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
After a multi-year campaign and many long hours, protections for parents in the workplace are finally becoming a reality in New York State! The New York State Assembly just unanimously voted to pass legislation that will make it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers just because they are parents. It is now headed to the Governor’s desk for signature. Tags: new york, NY, family status discrimination, caregiver discrimination, caregivers, Discrimination, Father's Day
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Paid Sick Days for Oregon and New Breastfeeding Protections for New York Mothers!

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 Category Breastfeeding
Celebrating two more legislative victories: Oregon guarantees paid sick time for workers, while New York spreads the word about the protections mothers have to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. Tags: Breastfeeding, new york, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Oregon
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Great News for Pregnant Workers Nationwide!

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Thursday, 04 June 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Today is an exciting day for pregnant workers across the country! Senator Casey (D-PA), Senator Ayotte (R-NH), and Senator Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Heller (R-NV), and Congressman Nadler (D-NY) will re-introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), critical legislation that will ensure that no pregnant worker has to choose between her paycheck and a healthy pregnancy. Tags: Mommy Tax, Motherhood Penalty, Pregnant Workers, equal pay, PWFA, Pregnancy, PWFA Blog Series, pregnancy discrimination, Fairness in the Workplace
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Knowledge is Power (and Health and Money)

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Thursday, 28 May 2015 Category Breastfeeding

Educating New York moms about breastfeeding at work.

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NYC Nail Salon Workers Have Important Workplace Rights!

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Thursday, 21 May 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
In recent weeks, the New York Times has published several articles on working conditions for New York City nail salon workers, bringing to light the many dangers and abuses these workers suffer. We applaud the swift response from elected officials at both the city and state level. Yesterday, we were delighted to attend Governor Cuomo’s taskforce’s Nail Salon Industry Education Event at the Mid-Manhattan Library; today, we’re excited to take part in Mayor de Blasio’s Nail Salon Day of Action. Tags: TDI, PWFA, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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For Next Mother's Day, Let's Get Rid of the Mommy Tax

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Friday, 15 May 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A new report on working moms shows their importance, but also the obstacles they face. Tags: equal pay, Paid Family Leave, Pregnant Workers, Discrimination, Fairness in the Workplace
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Know Your Rights: New York State Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI)

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Monday, 11 May 2015 Category Uncategorized
Although a lot of people don’t know it, the State of New York has a Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program that ensures there is monetary support for  covered workers who are temporarily unable to work due to an off-the-job illness or injury. Tags: Pregnancy, Domestic Workers, TDI
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Mother's Day Comes Early to Albany

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
No longer will women in New York have to choose between their income and their pregnancy—whether they live in Buffalo, Montauk, or any place in-between. Tags: Untagged
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Can State Policies Say “Welcome to New York” for Working Families?

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 Category Family Leave
1989 isn’t just the latest Taylor Swift album—it’s also the last time the state of New York raised its maximum benefit for Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). Tags: Paid Family Leave, TDI
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Exciting Proposals for Protecting New York City's Families

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance recently spoke out in support of important new bills and resolutions under consideration in New York City. Tags: Paid Family Leave, equal pay, minimum wage, new york
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Chipping Away at Unfair Pay on Equal Pay Day

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
It’s Equal Pay Day again—the day when women’s wages from the year before finally catch up to men’s. Yet women in New York State continue to earn substantially less—15 percent less—than their male peers across the board. Tags: Untagged
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Happy Anniversary NYC Earned Sick Time Act!

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave

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