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Attention Colorado Employers! Yesterday Was the Deadline to Notify Employees about Their Pregnant Worker Fairness Act Rights!

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Friday, 09 December 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Colorado is now the 18th State requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers and workers recovering from childbirth or related conditions, unless doing so would be very difficult or expensive. Even if you have a healthy or uncomplicated pregnancy, you can still receive a reasonable accommodation under the law.

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A Major Step Forward for DC Paid Leave!

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 Category Family Leave

Yesterday, D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act was overwhelmingly passed by the Committee of the Whole, moving the bill on to a final vote later this month. The strong bill would provide paid leave for workers to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill relative and, under a new amendment, would also provide paid leave for a workers’ own serious health needs. Enactment would represent a major step forward for D.C. workers, especially low-wage workers who are disproportionately likely to lack paid leave without such a law.

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A Landmark Win: Arizona's New Paid Sick and Safe Days Law Recognizes All Families

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 Category Paid Sick Leave
As our communities are processing the election results, many are afraid of losing access to basic needs, being separated from loved ones, and experiencing further cultural isolation. Remaining connected to family during these frightening and uncertain times is critical. Family consists of more than the people we’re biologically or legally related to: our families are made up of the loved ones who share in our joys and who are there with us through our challenges. Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, LGBT, LGBTQ, Arizona, Family Definition
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Fairness for Poultry Workers this Thanskgiving

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
It wouldn’t feel quite like Thanksgiving without the turkey. Getting turkeys from the farm to your plate is a complicated journey that involves the labor of a large number of hard-working people. Tags: Poultry, Fairness in the Workplace
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Tennessee Worker Sues Kroger Grocery Store Chain in Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance filed a class action lawsuit against the grocery store chain, Kroger, on behalf of Jessica Craddock, a Nashville, Tennessee worker who was pushed off her job and forced to take unpaid leave after Kroger refused to accommodate her during her pregnancy. Tags: Tennessee, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
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Victory for NYC Public-Sector Workers in the Fight for Pay Equity!

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Friday, 04 November 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Job applicants applying to work for the New York City government may no longer be asked how much they earned at their previous jobs. Tags: New York City, equal pay, gender equity, women's equality
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Pregnant Police Officers Win Landmark Case in Kentucky

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
We've been fighting for change in the City of Florence, Kentucky for more than two years. Yesterday, a groundbreaking agreement was announced between the United States Department of Justice and the City. Tags: Kentucky, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination
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A Better Balance Helps Make CLASP Conference on Enforcing Paid Sick Days a Huge Success

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Monday, 17 October 2016 Category Paid Sick Leave
On September 29 and 30, those charged with enforcing paid sick time laws around the country came together with advocates in San Francisco at a conference organized by the Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to share strategies and ideas for outreach, education and enforcement of paid sick time laws. Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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Accommodations for Postpartum Depression: How the ADA and Local Laws Can Help

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Monday, 10 October 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Postpartum depression is a serious condition that can leave new moms feeling sad, worried or overwhelmed. And it’s quite common—up to 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression, usually beginning between a week and a month after delivery.  Other new moms may experience related mental health issues, such as postpartum anxiety.

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Caring for Caregivers: A New Study Confirms Why Family Caregivers Need Paid Leave

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 Category Family Leave
Elder caregiving policies are garnering some much needed attention thanks to a new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In the United States today, over 17 million people—about 7.7 percent of the population age 20 or older—provide unpaid care for someone age 65 or older. Tags: eldercare, caregivers, Paid Family Leave
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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

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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.
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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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