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NYC Nail Salon Workers Have Important Workplace Rights!

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Thursday, 21 May 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
In recent weeks, the New York Times has published several articles on working conditions for New York City nail salon workers, bringing to light the many dangers and abuses these workers suffer. We applaud the swift response from elected officials at both the city and state level. Yesterday, we were delighted to attend Governor Cuomo’s taskforce’s Nail Salon Industry Education Event at the Mid-Manhattan Library; today, we’re excited to take part in Mayor de Blasio’s Nail Salon Day of Action. Tags: TDI, PWFA, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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For Next Mother's Day, Let's Get Rid of the Mommy Tax

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Friday, 15 May 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A new report on working moms shows their importance, but also the obstacles they face. Tags: equal pay, Paid Family Leave, Pregnant Workers, Discrimination, Fairness in the Workplace
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Know Your Rights: New York State Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI)

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Monday, 11 May 2015 Category Uncategorized
Although a lot of people don’t know it, the State of New York has a Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program that ensures there is monetary support for  covered workers who are temporarily unable to work due to an off-the-job illness or injury. Tags: Pregnancy, Domestic Workers, TDI
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Mother's Day Comes Early to Albany

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
No longer will women in New York have to choose between their income and their pregnancy—whether they live in Buffalo, Montauk, or any place in-between. Tags: Untagged
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Can State Policies Say “Welcome to New York” for Working Families?

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 Category Family Leave
1989 isn’t just the latest Taylor Swift album—it’s also the last time the state of New York raised its maximum benefit for Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). Tags: Paid Family Leave, TDI
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Exciting Proposals for Protecting New York City's Families

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance recently spoke out in support of important new bills and resolutions under consideration in New York City. Tags: Paid Family Leave, equal pay, minimum wage, new york
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Chipping Away at Unfair Pay on Equal Pay Day

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
It’s Equal Pay Day again—the day when women’s wages from the year before finally catch up to men’s. Yet women in New York State continue to earn substantially less—15 percent less—than their male peers across the board. Tags: Untagged
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Happy Anniversary NYC Earned Sick Time Act!

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave

Peggy Young's Victory Is Not Enough

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Even with the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of an ex-UPS driver, Congress must pass legislation to protect all pregnant workers.

Tags: Fairness in the Workplace, Pregnancy, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination, Supreme Court
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Paid Family Leave is Getting Closer in NY, but We Need Your Help!

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 Category Family Leave

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, Republican leaders have included paid family leave in their budget proposal and are planning to hold a hearing on the issue within the next week.

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Women in the Global Workplace

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Category Uncategorized

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 around the globe, and considered the potential of collective organizing and law reform to remove some of the barriers facing women workers today.

Tags: Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days, Pregnant Workers, Schedules that Work, care work
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Do you have the “appetite” for paid family leave? If you work in New York, we need your help!

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 Category Family Leave


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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Willing and Able to Do Her Job, but Fired for Being Pregnant

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Ms. Betzaida Cruz Cardona, who is due to have her first child in April, is homeless, broke, and out of a job, all because she was fired from her position as a Savers cashier when she announced she was pregnant.

Tags: Discrimination, Pregnancy, Pregnant Workers, PWFA, Fairness in the Workplace
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Introducing the Earned Sick Time Advisor for Workers in NYC: Get Personalized Info on Your Sick Time Rights!

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Monday, 23 February 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave
A Better Balance is thrilled to introduce an interactive web-based tool that will help workers in New York City determine how the Earned Sick Time Act applies to them! Tags: Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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Civil Rights and Working Families Top Agenda for NYC Council in 2015

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Last week, ABB was in the audience as City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito championed some of the causes closest to our hearts in her State of the City address.

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Protect America’s Working Families by Passing the Healthy Families Act

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave
Three weeks ago, President Obama called upon Congress to protect working families by creating a legal right to sick time at the federal level. Tags: Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days, Healthy Families Act
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22 Years of the FMLA: An Achievement to Build On

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 Category Family Leave
Twenty-two years ago today, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. Tags: leave, FMLA, Paid Family Leave, FAMILY Act, Family Leave Insurance Act, LGBT
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Know Your Rights: Time off for Recovery from Childbirth and the PWFA

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 Category Family Leave
While the PWFA provides critical protections during your pregnancy, your rights under the law don’t stop when you give birth. Tags: PWFA Blog Series, PWFA, Pregnant Workers, Pregnancy
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Know Your Rights: Breastfeeding and the PWFA

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Category Breastfeeding
If you are a breastfeeding mother in New York City who needs accommodations at work, you have important legal rights under both city and state law. Tags: Breastfeeding, PWFA, PWFA Blog Series, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers
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A Better Balance Applauds President Obama for Announcement of Policies Supporting Working Families

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Category Uncategorized

Statement of Dina Bakst and Sherry Leiwant, Co-Presidents, A Better Balance

New York, NY -- January 20, 2015 -- “A Better Balance applauds President Barack Obama for shining a national spotlight on paid family leave – and the idea that Americans cannot be financially secure unless our public policies support their ability to care for their children and families – in tonight’s State of the Union address...

Tags: pregnancy discrimination, Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days, State of the Union
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