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Localities, Large and Small, Are Acting to Protect Pregnant Workers

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
The Central Falls City Council in Rhode Island passed a bill called The Gender and Equity in Workplace Ordinance earlier this week! This new law, similar to the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will ensure that pregnant women are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy and employed. Tags: Rhode Island, pregnancy discrimination, PWFA
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Wait a Minute! What's the News on Paid Sick Time?

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Monday, 14 April 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
You may have heard that the Earned Sick Time Act for private-sector workers in New York City went into effect this month—on April 1, 2014! Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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Equal Pay Day Across the Country and Here in NYC

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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace

This morning, A Better Balance celebrated Equal Pay Day by speaking out on the steps of City Hall.

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It’s No Joke: Paid Sick Time Is Here in New York City

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
The New York City Earned Sick Time Act is now in effect! Learn more about this landmark law and check out A Better Balance's resources for workers and employers in New York City. Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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West Virginia Passes Statewide Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
What do Chris Christie, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Bloomberg, pro-life Republicans in West Virginia, union leaders, and reproductive health groups have in common? They all support fairness for pregnant workers. Tags: West Virginia, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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Pen to Paper on Paid Sick Time

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
It’s official: paid sick time is now the law in New York City! Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill that will expand and strengthen the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. Tags: Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
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The New York Assembly Passes Paid Family Leave Insurance!

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 Category Family Leave
Working families in New York are one step closer to paid family leave, after the New York State Assembly voted 89-44 in favor of our Paid Family Leave Insurance Act! Tags: Family Leave Insurance Act, Paid Family Leave
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Leaning In or Out—We All Need More Support

by Liz Reiner Platt, Law Fellow
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Almost a year after Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” a book that encourages women to take on greater leadership rolls and responsibility at work, was first released it still inspires heated debate. Tags: Untagged
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Thanks to NYC PWFA, ABB Client is Back at Work

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
We won! A couple of weeks ago we told you Floralba's story. Last week, ABB used the new law we championed, the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, to get Floralba back at work, with backpay, and to convince her employer to update it's policies in compliance with the law! Tags: NYC, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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It’s Final: 1.2 Million Workers in NYC Will Start Earning Paid Sick Time on April 1!

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
We are excited to announce that the New York City Council voted 46-5 on February 26, 2014, to significantly expand and strengthen the Earned Sick Time Act that was originally passed by the Council in May. The expanded law will go into effect on April 1, 2014! Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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ABB Client Featured in New York Times

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Monday, 03 February 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Floralba Fernandez Espinal, a pregnant retail worker in the Bronx, was forced onto unpaid leave, ten weeks pregnant, because she requested temporary relief from heavy lifting to avoid having another miscarriage. ABB is now fighting to get her job back. Tags: NYC, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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Today is Pregnant Workers Fairness Day in NYC!

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Today is Pregnant Workers Fairness Day in New York City! We need your help getting the word out. Today, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act goes into effect in all five boroughs, ensuring that no NYC woman has to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy.
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Know Your Rights Trainings Are an Effective Advocacy Tool

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Earlier this month, A Better Balance trained union leaders, birthing professionals, non-profit workers, pregnant women, and others about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a new NYC law that is going into effect at the end of the month. Tags: Untagged
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Breaking News: Victory for New Jersey Women!

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
New Jersey just passed an important pregnancy discrimination law. According to Dina Bakst, "This is a great day for the women of New Jersey--this pathbreaking law will allow women the ability to stay healthy and on the job while pregnant, ensuring economic security and fairness for them and their families." Tags: New Jersey, pregnancy discrimination
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Paid Sick Time in NYC for Hundreds of Thousands of Additional Workers!

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Friday, 17 January 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
On January 17, 2014, A Better Balance Joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio As He Announced Legislation to Extend Paid Sick Time to Hundreds of Thousands of Additional Workers in New York City! Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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Bellies for a Cause: Will You Send Us Your Photo?

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
We are getting the word out about the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and we need real images for our campaign to educate women about this vitally important new law. Tags: NYC, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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Yvette's Story: Why the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is So Important

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Women in NYC, like Yvette, will no longer have to jeopardize their health while pregnant when they need a modest accommodation at work thanks to the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Tags: NYC, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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New Year, New Rights for Pregnant Workers

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is going into effect on January 30th! Find out what A Better Balance is doing to enforce the law and how you can help. Tags: NYC, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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New Jersey Pregnancy Bill Passes in Both Houses; Headed to the Governor's Desk!

by Dina Bakst, Co-President
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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Right now, Governor Chris Christie’s signature is the only thing keeping the women of New Jersey from gaining important new legal protections at work.
Tags: New Jersey, pregnancy discrimination
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The FAMILY Act: A Long Overdue Investment in Our Families

by Jared Make, Senior Staff Attorney & Sherry Leiwant, Co-President
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Monday, 09 December 2013 Category Family Leave
Even though most workers will experience the need to provide care to a loved one at some point in their lives, no federal law guarantees American workers paid leave to care for an ill loved one or to bond with a new child. Nevertheless, working families throughout the United States have reason to cheer this week. Tags: FAMILY Act, Family Leave Insurance Act, Paid Family Leave
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