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
ABB 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.
ABB 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."
ABB 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
- Equal Pay for Women, (May 11, 2015, BK Live)
- For Women In This State, Getting Pregnant Will No Longer Mean Losing A Job, (May 6, 2015, Think Progress)
- US Is Only Industrialized Nation Without Paid Maternity Leave, (May 6, 2015, ABC News)
- Peggy Young's Victory Is Not Enough, (March 26, 2015, U.S. News & World Report)
- Only three US states have paid family leave policies- will New York be next?, (March 17, 2015, The Guardian)
- As New York edges closer to paid family leave, a look at who would pay, (March 16, 2015, Syracuse.com)
- Women to Cuomo: New York is 'quite hungry for paid family leave', (March 16, 2015, Times Union)
- Fairport woman: I was fired for being pregnant, (March 4, 2015, Democrat & Chronicle)
- Woman Becomes Homeless After Employer Allegedly Fired Her Over Her Pregnancy, (March 2, 2015, Think Progress)
- Savers Retail Chain Accused of Pregnancy Discrimination, (February 25, 2015, RH Reality Check)
- Lyndi Trischler: Florence cop denied light duty during pregnancy fights for law for pregnant workers, (February 20, 2015, WCPO Cincinnati)
- Breastfeeding and the Achievement Gap, (January 28, 2015, The Hechinger Report)
- The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Because Getting Pregnant in MA Shouldn't Mean Losing Your Job, (January 14, 2015, The Huffington Post)
- 15 Feminist Books to Read in 2015 to Help You Stay Passionate All Year, (January 1, 2015, Bustle)
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