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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.
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What every dad should know about his rights – or lack thereof – in the workplace.

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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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Millions of Workers Gain New Paid Sick Time Rights

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Thursday, 09 June 2016 Category Paid Sick Leave

In the past two weeks, three major cities passed paid sick time laws, guaranteeing new legal rights to millions of workers. Los Angeles and San Diego—our country’s second and eighth largest cities, respectively—joined the growing ranks of cities in California and across the country to enact a paid sick time law. And the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a paid sick time law with the Mayor’s support, leading to an important new victory in the Midwest.

Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, LGBT, LGBTQ
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Talking To Your Boss About Your Pregnancy

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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Here at A Better Balance, we receive calls from all over the country to our free legal clinic from people with questions about how to navigate the workplace while pregnant, and after giving birth. Many workers are unsure how to ask for a change at work when they are worried that a job duty could affect the health of their pregnancy. Here are some pointers for how to bring up your pregnancy in the workplace. Tags: Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnancy, FMLA, PWFA
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Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules!

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
The U.S. Department of Labor just released new rules earlier this week changing the way overtime pay will affect up to 12.5 million workers. Tags: overtime
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Family caregivers seek fair treatment in the workplace

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Mothers, fathers, grown children caring for aging parents, and others too often face stigma and bias in the workplace because of their dual roles as employees and caregivers.  While no federal law explicitly protects these family members from job discrimination based on their responsibilities at home, a growing patchwork of protections exists under federal, state, and local laws relating to discrimination and leave. Tags: caregivers, caregiver discrimination
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Celebrating Victory on New York Paid Family Leave

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Monday, 16 May 2016 Category Family Leave

On May 12, 2016, advocates and officials from across New York State gathered at a Manhattan restaurant to celebrate passage of the strongest paid family leave law in the country. The law, enacted earlier this year as part of the state budget, will provide 12 weeks of job protected paid family leave to workers in New York regardless of the size of their employer.

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NYC Commission on Human Rights Offers Clarity, and Confidence, to Pregnant Workers Seeking Adjustments on the Job

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Just in time for Mothers Day, the Commission on Human Rights released guidance to clarify the scope of the New York City’s prohibition on pregnancy discrimination in employment, in housing, and in public accommodations. While employers, landlords, and others can surely benefit from a reminder that pregnancy is an impermissible basis for differential treatment, the big news in the guidance involves job modifications for workers based on pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Saturday, 07 May 2016 Category Family Leave
At A Better Balance, we have spent the past ten years fighting for stronger laws to support mothers and all other family caregivers in the workplace. It’s obvious that our work is far from over. But this Mother’s Day, we want to reflect on, and celebrate, all that mothers and those who advocate for them have achieved in only the past year.
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Ten Victories for Ten Years: Paid Family Leave

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Thursday, 28 April 2016 Category Family Leave
ABB has been a key player in the fight to secure paid family leave in New York State, and, more broadly, in the movement to expand paid family leave around the country.  After ten years of persistent advocacy, New York finally enacted paid family leave on April 4, 2016. Tags: 10 Victories Blog Series, Paid Family Leave, NY
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Ten Victories for Ten Years: Combating Abusive Scheduling Practices

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 Category Workplace Flexibility

ABB has been spearheading a new initiative to help workers harmed by the time crunch caused by insufficient control over their work schedules. Tags: Schedules that Work, 10 Victories Blog Series
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Ten Victories for Ten Years: LGBT Work Family Project

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
This week we're highlighting our work to expand recognition of diverse families and raise awareness about LGBT work-family issues, which has led to the creation of an LGBT Work-Family Project. Tags: 10 Victories Blog Series, LGBT, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Paid Family Leave, FMLA
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New Tools to Fight Unfair Pay in New York

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
There is some good news for New York women this year on Equal Pay Day. Tags: equal pay, Fairness in the Workplace, women's equality
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We Need Your Help! An Opportunity to Recognize Family Diversity

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 Category Paid Sick Leave
Last September, President Obama signed an Executive Order to guarantee paid sick time to employees of federal contractors. Now we need your help to ensure that the final policy recognizes family diversity! Tags: Paid Sick Time, LGBT
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Ten Victories for Ten Years: Southern Office

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Category Uncategorized

In honor of our tenth anniversary, we’re celebrating ten important victories over the ten weeks leading up to our Spring Celebration on May 2nd.

States in the Southeastern part of the United States represented almost half of all sex discrimination (which includes pregnancy discrimination) charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2012, even though they make up only one-third of the U.S. population. Despite this great need, there are not enough attorneys and legal teams on the ground available to help families suffering from discrimination at work and to push for more family-friendly laws and policies.

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Paid Family Leave Comes to New York!

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 Category Family Leave

After fighting for ten long years, we are thrilled to see our home state become the fourth in the nation to guarantee paid family leave by law, and the first to provide up to 12 weeks of leave!

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Ten Victories for Ten Years: Babygate

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Within a few years of launching our legal clinic we realized that we needed a bigger platform to help people trying to navigate the complex patchwork of laws surrounding pregnancy, parenting, and caring for family while holding down a job. Tags: Fairness in the Workplace, Know Your Rights, 10 Victories Blog Series
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Ten Victories for Ten Years: Our Families @ Work Legal Clinic and hotline.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace

In 2009, A Better Balance launched our Families @ Work Legal Clinic and hotline, to offer information, advice, and representation to individuals facing a crisis at work related to their own illness, pregnancy, or care for a loved one.

Many of our callers reach out because they cannot make sense of the patchwork of laws that may or may not apply to them. One such recent caller was confused about her rights regarding maternity leave in New York.  As the sole employee working in New York for a small California-based employer, she had trouble determining which laws applied to her and what she could expect when her baby was born.  We counseled Tatiana, coached her in self-advocacy, and she was successfully able to negotiate a maternity leave. Tatiana wrote:

Tags: 10 Victories Blog Series, PWFA, Paid Sick Days, NY
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Ten Victories for Ten Years: Pregnant Workers Fairness

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
In 2012, ABB inaugurated a new area of advocacy by highlighting the gap in legal protections for pregnant workers, especially low-wage women in physically demanding jobs, who are often denied the modest workplace accommodations they need to stay healthy and employed. Tags: 10 Victories Blog Series, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Workers, PWFA
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