Advancing the rights of working families.
image image image image image image
babygate Our new one-stop-shop online resource breaks down pregnancy and parenting laws in an easy-to-use, state-by-state guide. For parents and parents-to-be who are already navigating all the changes that come with expanding their families, figuring out complicated laws in the workplace shouldn’t be among them. Click here to visit the page.
The Pregnancy Penalty  Our report The Pregnancy Penalty: How Motherhood Drives Inequality & Poverty in New York City was cited in the New York Times and featured on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. This report names, explains and offers solutions to the pregnancy penalty: bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that start when they become pregnant and snowballs into lasting economic disadvantages. Read more about the report here. Read the article Doctor Says No Overtime; Pregnant Worker's Boss Says No Job here.
New York City Earned Sick Time Act  The landmark New York City Earned Sick Time Act that A Better Balance helped to draft and pass is now in effect, and more than 3.4 million workers are covered! If you have any questions about the NYC sick time law, or if you're having trouble at work related to sick time, call our free and confidential legal hotline at 212-430-5982. To learn more about the sick time law, check out our many resources, and email us  if you would like to volunteer to get the word out!
The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act  The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act protects pregnant workers and women who have recently given birth in all five boroughs! ABB is taking your questions about this new law. Click here to watch a video about the law, ABB's efforts, and to learn more!
We're fighting back for Officer Trischler   Police Officer Lyndi Trischler is pregnant and facing economic hardship thanks to a new City of Florence, Kentucky policy denying modified duty to any City employees who request it, unless they have an on the job injury. A Better Balance has filed a charge on her behalf with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission--we call on the City of Florence to update its policy to be in full compliance with the law immediately! You can watch her story on CBS This Morning right here.   Click here to learn More
A Better Balance Needs Your Support! We've made paid sick days a reality for millions of workers & created legal rights for pregnant women and new mothers in New York City who needed minor adjustments at work to stay healthy and on the job. But, there is so much more to be done!     DONATE NOW  to help us bring these rights to even more workers across the country!

Our Impact

Bill_signing

ABB Plays Key Role in Family-Friendly Legislation Across the Country. ABB is supporting legislators across the nation-from Oregon to Florida, from Wisconsin to Rhode Island- researching, drafting and testifying on behalf of bills to help workers care for their families without risking their paychecks. Our efforts have affected millions of people, guaranteeing paid sick leave, pregnancy accommodations and paid family leave, so they no longer have to make impossible choices between their jobs and their families. "I championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance. .  .[and] A Better Balance helped me everystep of the way by providing in-depth policy assistance, commenting on drafts of legislation, and helping craft comments on our regulations when the law passed. . . Sherry's enthusiam for my work and encouragement to keep going, helped turn my vision into the law. Congratulations ABB!" -Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senator "Dina, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for the invaluable support and knowledge you provided to me and our legislators regarding the bill to prevent discrimination of pregnant women in New Jersey. Your testimony and input were very valuable to our process." -Marcela Ospina Maziarz, New Jersey Senate Democratic Office

Officer_trischlerABB Helping Pregnant Women Stay Employed.  In New York City, ABB has been using the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to help women like Angelica Valencia, who was pushed off the job when pregnant because she needed to avoid overtime.  Her story, like the one of our client Floralba Fernandez Espinal earlier in 2014, was featured in the New York Times.  ABB’s impact extends beyond New York City as well: our Southern Office is championing the cause of Officer Lyndi Trischler, (pictured above) who was pushed out of her job as a Florence, KY police officer when she was five months pregnant due to a city-wide policy that denies modified duty to any employee, unless he/she has a work-related condition.  And we’ve helped thousands of Walmart workers nationwide by pressuring the company to amend their accommodations policy.

PSD_posterABB Enforcing Landmark NYC Paid Sick Time Law. On April 1, 2014, the New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect, after years drafting, negotiating and organizing by ABB, and on July 30, 2014, employees around the city were able to start using their accrued sick time. We’re proud to be making New York City stronger and healthier with this new law, which establishes a legal right for more than 3.4 million workers in NYC. ABB continues to educate workers and employers in New York City about their rights and obligations under the law while fielding hundreds of calls on our free hotline from those with questions about the law or problems related to the need for sick time.  We have also provided free representation to a number of individuals who have already been denied their sick time rights.  One man, whom we helped to advocate for himself, said: "You helped me a lot, helped me be well aware of the law, helped me know I am entitled to certain days. The company can't get away with it [denying me time off] and you . . .help me see that I get what is coming to me."  

Babygate_iconsABB is Empowering individuals with Accessible Know-Your-Rights Information. Babygate: Surviving Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace—the must-have guide for expecting and new parents about their workplace rights—has gone mobile. Babygate the website, now offers reliable, clear, and up to date information on federal and state laws addressing everything from job accommodations during pregnancy, caregiver discrimination, family leave, and breastfeeding protections.  The website—babygate.abetterbalance.org—includes links to relevant laws and regulations, to jump-start further research, and a step-by-step guide for pregnant women about “Talking to Your Boss About Your Bump.” Women and men across the country now have a user-friendly resource at their fingertips to help them navigate the workplace during pregnancy and early parenthood and empower them to be their own best advocate.


Recent ABB in the Media

 

  • Click here for a full list of A Better Balance in the Media.

From the Blog

Login Form



viagra soft tabs uk generic viagra no prescription needed viagra for sale australia cheap viagra online australia viagra brand online