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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.
New "Know Your Rights" Tool for Workers in NYC: The Earned Sick Time Advisor!  The New York City Earned Sick Time Act covers 3.4 million workers. Are you one of them? Find out whether you qualify and calculate how much time you’ve earned with our new Earned Sick Time Advisor.
Spring Celebration 2015 Join us for our annual Spring Celebration at the Gansevoort Park Avenue. An evening to celebrate our accomplishments and honor extraordinary individuals who exemplify our ideals. Monday, May 4, 2015 Cocktails 6:30pm. To purchase tickets and/or join the host committee click here.
babygate Our new one-stop-shop online resource breaks down pregnancy and parenting laws in an easy-to-use, state-by-state guide. For parents and parents-to-be who are already navigating all the changes that come with expanding their families, figuring out complicated laws in the workplace shouldn’t be among them. Click here to visit the page.
The Pregnancy Penalty  Our report The Pregnancy Penalty: How Motherhood Drives Inequality & Poverty in New York City was cited in the New York Times and featured on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. This report names, explains and offers solutions to the pregnancy penalty: bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that start when they become pregnant and snowballs into lasting economic disadvantages. Read more about the report here. Read the article Doctor Says No Overtime; Pregnant Worker's Boss Says No Job here.
We're fighting for Kentuckians   Police Officer Lyndi Trischler was pushed onto unpaid leave while she was pregnant thanks to a City of Florence, Kentucky policy denying modified duty to any City employees, unless they have an on-the-job injury. The Kentucky Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act would provide critical legal protections for pregnant women across the Commonwealth, like Officer Trischler! The bill recently passed the KY House by a unanimous vote. Click here to learn more.

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

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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From the Blog

  • Spring is finally in the air in New York, and with it, we hope, some long overdue change for New York families. After years of inaction in Albany, Republican and Democratic leaders are both talking about Paid Family Leave for New York. And it's not just talk. Later today, the State Assembly is expected to once again pass a paid family leave bill that ABB helped to draft. In the Senate,&
  • On Tuesday this week, ABB’s Phoebe Taubman joined Law @ TheMargins and Anamaria Segura, staff attorney at MFY Legal Services, for a chat about issues facing women at the workplace in celebration of International Women's Day.  We talked about how motherhood is often a liability for women in the workplace, discussed the similarity of challenges facing women in New York and a
  • According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York lacks the “appetite” for paid family leave. If you live or work in New York, we need your help to send a clear message to the Governor: New Yorkers are hungry for paid family leave! No New Yorker should be forced to risk his or her job or financial security to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition.

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