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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
Walmart Improves Pregnancy Policies Walmart bowed to pressure from A Better Balance and our valued partners by improving its policies for pregnant associates. However, the change does not go far enough--we sent a letter to the superstore calling for real change! 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!
The Need for Fairness in the Workplace Many workplace norms and laws were developed over half a century ago, when a different workforce model and a different family model prevailed. In 1960, 70% of families had at least one parent at home full-time. Today, 70% of children are growing up in families headed by either a single working parent or two working parents. A Better Balance is a leader in the struggle to change laws and policies to better reflect the way Americans live and work today, like the fight for fair treatment for pregnant workers--join us & learn more here.  

Victory for Paid Sick Time and Pregnant Workers in New York City!

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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.

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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.

Our Impact

Bill_signingABB 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.     “Last year, I championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance . . . [and] A Better Balance helped me every step 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 enthusiasm for my work and encouragement to keep going, helped turned my vision into 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

 

FloralbaABB Uses New Law We Helped to Pass to Get Pregnant Worker Back on the Job.  In 2013, ABB worked hard to pass of the New York City Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act.  Thousands of pregnant New Yorkers now have a clear right to accommodations in the workplace, and no longer need to fear job loss when they ask for modest changes, like modified work schedules and relief from heavy lifting, to stay healthy and on the job.  Shortly after the law went into effect we used it to help Floralba Fernandez Espinal get back to work.  She had been placed on unpaid leave less than half way through her pregnancy because she needed minor changes at her job at a thrift store in the Bronx to help her stay healthy.  Floralba’s story was featured in the New York Times on February 2, 2014.   ABB’s free hotline and legal clinic offers advice and legal assistance for parents and other family caregivers with questions about their workplace rights.

 

PSD_poster_on_subwayABB Helps to Guarantee Paid Sick Time for Millions of Workers. On April 1, 2014, the New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect, after years drafting, negotiating and organizing by ABB. Since 2013, we have also helped to draft and pass paid sick time laws in Portland, Oregon, Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey.   ABB is now educating workers and employers in New York City about their rights and obligations under the law and taking calls on our free hotline from those with questions or problems exercising their rights.

 

Pregnant_BellyABB Secures Policy Change for Pregnant Workers at SUNY Downstate Hospital.   ABB demanded changes in a policy that categorically refused modified duties for pregnant workers while allowing them for disabled workers.  The new policy will benefit thousands of workers—and we have already helped one woman get back to work and receive the paid time off she deserved.    “Now I am back to work because of your help. I would like to express my gratitude toward you guys for everything you have done for me. Words can't express the way my family and I feel. Thank you very much for your time.  You were always there to listen to my issues. You're the best!”



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