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.
On February 26, 2014, the New York City Council voted 46-5 to significantly strengthen and expand the NYC Earned Sick Time Act to reach hundreds of thousands of additional New Yorkers! We stood with Mayor Bill de Blasio in January when he announced his plan to expand the law, and we were gratified that Mayor de Blasio started his speech by saying “I also want to thank the A Better Balance Coalition and the Paid Sick Days Coalition--extraordinary activists and leaders . . . . It may have taken a while . . . but you never gave up the fight, and it was an honor to work side by side with you."
After working on this campaign for nearly 5 years, we were thrilled to help broker the agreement last year that led to passage of the NYC Earned Sick Time Act. When the compromise was reached, ABB Co-President & Co-Founder Sherry Leiwant was quoted in the New York Times noting that the bill, despite its important benefits and precedent, was not perfect; some workers would only receive unpaid sick time under the law. We never gave up hope of strengthening this legislation, and we worked closely with the Mayor’s office and City Council on the expansion bill that passed on February 26, 2014. This major law will go into effect on April 1, 2014, and extend paid sick time to nearly 1.2 million workers in NYC who currently receive no paid time off when they or their loved ones are ill. Click here to learn more about the expanded Earned Sick Time Act and our involvement in the campaign!