The New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect on April 1, 2014! A Better Balance is excited to share the many resources we’ve developed to help New Yorkers understand this law, which we worked so hard to pass. Please check out our new webpage for workers, employers, and everyone else who wants to learn about the changes now in effect. We’re proud to be making New York City stronger and healthier with this new law. We were honored when Mayor de Blasio started his speech to celebrate the expansion of the law by thanking A Better Balance and the Paid Sick Days Coalition, recognizing us as “extraordinary activists and leaders” who “never gave up the fight,” and saying “it was an honor to work side by side with you.” A Better Balance has pushed for this victory for nearly 5 years, and along the way has been recognized in major media outlets (such as this New York Times piece on the compromise legislation we helped broker). Now, we’re working hard in our free legal clinic to assist workers in understanding and enforcing the law.
The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which was inspired by a New York Times Op-Ed by ABB Co-President & Co-Founder Dina Bakst, went into effect on January 30, 2014. Click here to learn more about the law, which will ensure that pregnant women and new mothers across the five boroughs are not pushed out of work when they need a simple modification in order to stay healthy and on the job. The law, which A Better Balance helped to draft, inspired the introduction of similar legislation in Philadelphia. Read more about our work around the country on this important issue.