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Moving Families Forward on March 7th Join us as we mark a decade of fighting for fairness for working families. Our 10th anniversary conference at NYU Law School will review the accomplishments of the work-family movement and look forward to new opportunities to change the way America works.  Esteemed CNN journalist Kelly Wallace and award-winning author Brigid Schulte will moderate the panel discussions.                                                                                              Space is limited. Register now.
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Governor Cuomo has declared paid family leave a priority for 2016! Join the more than 13,000 New Yorkers who have called for paid family leave, and add your message of thanks to the Governor for his leadership. Sign our petition today!                                        Learn more here.
We're fighting for paid sick time! A Better Balance is working around the country to ensure that all workers have a right to paid sick time for personal or family health needs, and the number of victories is growing! In the last two years alone, 3 states, 17 cities, and 1 country have passed paid sick time laws. Click here to learn more about this work.
New Report: Pregnant and Jobless  Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act 37 years ago to level the playing field for pregnant workers, yet pregnancy remains a liability in the workplace, especially for women who seek minor job accommodations to stay healthy and employed. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's Young v.UPS decision, pregnant workers need clear legal protections.  Click here to read our full report and here to sign the petition for the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
Women's Equality Advances in New York  Women in New York are gaining significant new rights thanks to measures just signed into law to advance women's equality.  To find out more about how these new protections impact you, read this blog post.
Get Help with Our Free Legal Clinic! We fought to pass the New York City Earned Sick Time Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and now we’re working to enforce these and other laws protecting working families. If you’re having problems at work related to sick time, pregnancy, or family caregiving responsibilities, call our free and confidential legal hotline at 212-430-5982.                   Find out whether you qualify and calculate how much time you’ve earned with our new Earned Sick Time Advisor

Our Impact


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                     View our legislative efforts across the country here.

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——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.

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