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Seattle Passes Far-Reaching Scheduling Law

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Over the past few years, the hourly work force has grown, especially in the service and hospitality sectors of our economy.  Along with this growth have come serious problems with workers’ ability to control their schedules or even know what their work schedules will be. Tags: ReliableSchedule, Schedules that Work, Seattle, Washington
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CNN Pregnancy Discrimination Segment Features ABB and Our Clients

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Monday, 19 September 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance client Candis Riggins and community advocate Armanda Legros, along with Co-President Dina Bakst, were featured on CNN as a part of Lisa Ling's "This Is Birth" series. Tags: Walmart, Pregnancy, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination
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Mayor de Blasio Proposes Legislation to End Abusive Scheduling for Fast Food Workers

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Thursday, 15 September 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Fast food workers – and many other hourly workers in America – often have no idea what their work schedules will be from one day to the next.  Without certainty about work schedule, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to arrange child care, pursue education or generally manage one’s life. Tags: New York City, Schedules that Work, Fairness in the Workplace, ReliableSchedule
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Happy Grandparent’s Day – A Call for Paid Family Leave for our Children and Grandchildren

by Sherry Leiwant, Co-President
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Sherry Leiwant is a Co-Founder and Co-President of A Better Balance.
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Sunday, 11 September 2016 Category Family Leave

Grandparenthood – as any grandparent will tell you – is a wonderful thing.  After a hiatus, babies and children are back in your life and you can enjoy them with a little less tension than you had when raising your own children.

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Good News on NYC Paid Sick Days!

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Friday, 09 September 2016 Category Paid Sick Leave
This week, the Center for Economic and Policy Research released a new report, which has received major press attention, on the impact of the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. Researchers Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman surveyed employers around the city about the impact of the law, which went into effect in April 2014. Contrary to opponents’ dire predictions, the survey found across the board that paid sick days have had no major negative consequences on businesses. Tags: NYC, new york, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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Equal Means Equal Documentary is released on Friday!

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 Category Uncategorized

On Friday, September 2, Equal Means Equal, a documentary that features Dina Bakst, A Better Balance Co-Founder and Co-President, and Armanda Legros, A Better Balance client and community activist, is opening. The film tackles the barriers to equality that women face in the United States.

Tags: women's equality, equal pay, gender equity
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August 26th is Women's Equality Day!

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Friday, 26 August 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

On Friday, August 26, A Better Balance is celebrating Women’s Equality Day! Though the fight for equality in the workplace is a continuing battle, great strides have been made in New York.

Tags: equal pay, Paid Family Leave, family status discrimination, PWFA, new york, NY, women's equality
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Black Women Deserve Equal Pay!

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which means that a black woman must work until August 23, 2016, in order to earn what a white man earned in 2015. That’s almost nine extra months of hard work. Last year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day was actually July 28th, which shows how much black women’s pay has deteriorated in only one year. Black women are now losing $21,937 each year from being paid only 60 cents to a white man’s dollar—a truly shameful statistic.
Tags: equal pay, Breastfeeding, women's equality, Paid Family Leave, PWFA
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Why Asking About Salary History Should Be Left to History

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Low wages in the past can lock workers in to low wages in the future. That’s what happens when employers use past salary information about job applicants to set rates for a new position.

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Back to School: Parents, Know Your Rights on the Job So You Can Be There for your Kids

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Amid the school supply shopping and back-to-school jitters that signal the end of summer, August is the perfect time for working parents of kids in school to brush up on helpful laws that can help them manage the competing demands of work and family.

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Know Your Rights as a Nursing Mom at Work

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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 Category Breastfeeding

August is National Breastfeeding Month!  What better way to celebrate than by reading up on your rights? Here’s a primer of federal and state breastfeeding laws for moms who want to keep breastfeeding when they head back to work.

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NYC Celebrates Sick Time Anniversary

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Friday, 29 July 2016 Category Paid Sick Leave
On July 30, 2014, workers in New York City were able to begin using their sick time under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act. A Better Balance led the way in fighting for this landmark law, which made New York City among the first jurisdictions in the country to guarantee workers the right to time off when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of medical care. Today, lawmakers around the country have followed in the footsteps of early leaders like New York City: five states and almost 30 localities now have paid sick days laws on the books. Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Domestic Workers
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Governments Leading the Way on Paid Family Leave

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Monday, 25 July 2016 Category Family Leave

A Better Balance has long advocated for governments to serve as model employers by establishing family-friendly policies for their own workers. We closed out 2015 with a big win for paid family leave in New York City and are thrilled to see many other cities and counties following suit in the first half of 2016 by providing paid family leave for their own workforce.

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How to Plan for Your Maternity Leave

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 Category Family Leave
Planning for maternity leave can feel confusing. Understanding federal law and the laws of your state can help demystify the process. Tags: Pregnant Workers, Pregnancy, PWFA, FMLA
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A Better Balance Honored to be Included in Nashville Council on Gender Equity

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Yesterday, Mayor Megan Barry issued an executive order establishing the Nashville Council on Gender Equity, which will recommend solutions to address gender inequality in the city. Elizabeth Gedmark, Director of A Better Balance’s Southern Office, will be a member of the new Council, along with many talented civic and business leaders.

Tags: paid paternity leave, paid maternity leave, Paid Family Leave
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New Polling Data Shows How Popular Paid Leave Is Across the Country!

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 Category Family Leave
What’s more popular than college basketball in North Carolina and more popular than Philly cheese steaks in Pennsylvania? Paid family leave! Tags: Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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Embracing a More Realistic and Inclusive Definition of Family

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Who makes up a family? 

For most Americans today, family includes a range of loved ones—from children, parents and grandparents to spouses, significant others, siblings and close friends. Tags: Family Definition, Paid Sick Days
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Historic Supreme Court Victory for Women’s Rights and Women’s Health

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 Category Uncategorized
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt marked a historic victory for women as the Court ruled 5-3 to strike down two provisions of HB2, a Texas law that would have drastically restricted Texas women’s access to reproductive healthcare and set the stage for anti-choice legislatures across the country to follow suit. Tags: Supreme Court
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Colorado Becomes 19th State To Pass Stronger Pregnant Worker Protections

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Colorado’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was signed into law earlier this month on June 1! A Better Balance worked with our partners at 9to5 Colorado, MomsRising.org, and many others in Colorado for this tremendous bipartisan victory by providing legal and technical advice for the campaign.
Tags: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Colorado, Pregnant Workers
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What every dad should know about his rights – or lack thereof – in the workplace.

by Dina Bakst, Co-President
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Dina Bakst is co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance, a national legal
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s what every dad should know about his rights – or lack thereof – 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: dads, Father's Day, fathers, family status discrimination, Schedules that Work, FMLA, caregiver discrimination, Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days
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