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, was signed into law on October 2nd, 2013. Click here to read an overview of 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.
The New York City Earned Sick Time Act, which A Better Balance helped to draft, is now law! On June 27, 2013, the City Council voted 47-4 to override the mayor's veto and pass the bill into law! Sherry Leiwant, our Co-President and Co-Founder, was one of the key negotiators who reached a compromise with the City Council Speaker on the legislation. Click here to access background information on the law, which will ensure that New Yorkers cannot be fired for taking a day off when they or certain family members are sick and will ultimately require all employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to 5 paid sick days per year. This victory, which creates a legal right to sick time for 3.4 million private sector workers, comes on the heels of a big win for paid sick time in Portland, OR, where A Better Balance also played a significant role!