The blog where we discuss latest updates to work/family legal issues.
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 Read More
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.Tags: Paid Family Leave, new york Read More
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.Tags: NYC, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers Read More
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.Tags: Southern Office, 10 Victories Blog Series Read More
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 Read More