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Walmart Improves Pregnancy Policies Walmart, bowing to pressure from A Better Balance and other legal rights groups, has improved its policies for pregnant associates. However, the change does not go far enough. Click here to learn more.
Spring Celebration! An evening to celebrate advancing the rights of working families and the individuals who put our ideals into practice.                         Honoring                                                                                                  Cynthia DiBartolo - Distinguished Leadership Award                   Chief Executive Officer                                                               Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce                    Tigress Financial Partners LLC                                                            Janice Goodman - Women's Rights Trailblazer Award                  Attorney                                                                                                   Law Offices of Janice Goodman                                                         Tom Nides - Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award                       Managing Director & Vice Chairman                                                    Morgan Stanley                                                                                   Armanda Legros - Community Advocate Award                                                                                                                    Buy Tickets Now  
Two New Work-Family Laws in NYC- Help Spread the Word!
After years of work, A Better Balance helped pass the New York City Earned Sick Time Act and the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Both are now in effect. Download our new materials and learn more about these laws on our web pages for sick time and pregnant workers. Let us know if you would like to schedule a training, want to volunteer to spread the word, have questions, or need help regarding sick time or pregnancy at work. Call our hotline at 212-430-5982 for free legal help!
Need help? Contact our advice and counseling hotline if you have experienced problems at work because of your pregnancy or because you care for a loved one.
Share your story Personal stories are crucial to educating lawmakers and the public about the real struggles facing working families today. Have you faced difficulties at work because you were pregnant or caring for a loved one? Share your story to make your voice heard.
Celebrate with A Better Balance In 2013 we made paid sick days a reality for millions of workers & created a legal right for pregnant women and new mothers in New York City who need minor adjustments at work to stay healthy and on the job. DONATE NOW  so we can bring these rights to more workers across the country!

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. Please check in again soon for updates!

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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.

Work/Family Updates

Newark_photo Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Newark, NJ! The Newark Municipal Council unanimously passed a paid sick time law on January 28, 2013. The Newark law, which ABB testified in favor of, is broad: private sector workers employed by businesses with 10 or more employees (and all child care, home health care, and food service workers, regardless of the size of their employer) will be able to earn up to 5 paid sick days a year. Workers employed by businesses with fewer than 10 employees will be able to earn up to 3 paid sick days a year. This is truly a victory for all families in Newark.
Family2 LGBT Families and Workplace Leave. In 2013, there have been significant developments in the law regarding the rights of LGBT Americans, as well as passage of several new state and local workplace leave laws. A Better Balance is working around the country to raise awareness about how these changing laws – as well as continued gaps in the law – apply to LGBT workers with personal health and family caregiving needs. In November 2013, we released an updated version of our comprehensive report on this issue, Time for a Change: The Case for LGBT-Inclusive Workplace Leave Laws & Nondiscrimination Protections.
NJ Victory for New Jersey Women! A vitally important pregnancy discrimination law just passed in New Jersey. The law will ensure that no pregnant woman will have to jeopardize her health in order to stay safely on the job. Building off our victory in NYC, ABB helped to draft a similar bill for the women of New Jersey, and we testified in support of the bill late last year. Read more here.
RIsigning Paid Family Leave Victory. On July 23, 2013, Rhode Island’s Governor signed into law a bill—the third of its kind in the U.S.—that will provide paid leave to workers to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. A Better Balance helped to draft the bill, which will provide four weeks of paid family leave as well as job protection to those workers who take advantage of the program. Learn more about the bill signing and law’s provisions here.
heavylift-pregnantworkers-report-250 Joint Report with National Women's Law Center Released. The report, "It Shouldn't Be Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers," explains the hardship some pregnant women face when they ask for a minor modification at work to keep themselves healthy and on the job. The report details the stories of eight women from across the country who would have benefited from better policies and legal clarity.0

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