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Vice President Biden and Governor Cuomo Champion Paid Family Leave at Manhattan Rally

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Friday, 29 January 2016 Category Family Leave

Today, Vice President Joe Biden joined New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on stage at the McBurney YMCA in New York City to help lead the charge for paid family leave in New York. The rally was attended by hundreds of union workers and advocates, and included remarks by State Senator Jeffrey Klein, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and activist Christy Turlington, founder of Every Mother Counts.

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A Better Balance Appointed to Mayor's Gender Equity Commission

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
On January 7, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed seven new Commissioners and one new Honorary Commissioner to the Commission on Gender Equity. Among them was Sherry Leiwant, Co-President and Co-Founder of A Better Balance. The appointment is in recognition of the importance of the work A Better Balance has done on behalf of women in the City of New York. Tags: NYC, gender equity, women's equality
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New Year, New Rights for Women in New York

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Key bills from New York's Women's Equality Act go into effect today. Tags: Untagged
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Governor Cuomo Champions Paid Family Leave for New York

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 Category Family Leave
Today Governor Cuomo announced that he is making paid family leave a priority for New York in 2016. Tags: Paid Family Leave, new york
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A Better Balance Advises UN Working Group About Discrimination Against Women in the United States

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Thursday, 07 January 2016 Category Uncategorized

The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice just completed its ten-day mission and first visit to the US. Despite the progress that has been made toward equality in the workplace, the Working Group identified many areas where the US is in need of improvement, and some areas where it falls behind international human rights standards.

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Great Victory on Parental Leave for New York City Workers

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 Category Family Leave
NYC Mayor de Blasio’s announcement today is a great step forward in making sure that families can care for new children without risking their economic security. Tags: Untagged
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Big Win for Families in the Big Apple

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
The New York City Council voted today to ban employment discrimination based on a worker's status as a family caregiver.  Now parents and others providing ongoing care to family members have a clear legal right to fair treatment on the job, and freedom from retaliation when they stand up for themselves. Tags: Untagged
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Our New Year's Resolution--Make Paid Family Leave a Priority in 2016!

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Thursday, 03 December 2015 Category Family Leave
On January 6th, Governor Cuomo will deliver his annual State of the State address and lay out his policy agenda for 2016.  This is the moment for him to highlight his priorities for the New Year and we want to make sure paid family leave is on that list. Tags: NY, Paid Family Leave, l
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Help ABB Ring in the New Year

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 Category Uncategorized
If you believe in the work of A Better Balance, we hope you will help us by reaching out to friends and family to raise awareness and donations to fund our advocacy efforts. Tags: Untagged
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Win for Nursing Moms in New York

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Monday, 23 November 2015 Category Breastfeeding
Now women will get information from their maternal healthcare providers that includes an explanation of their right to express breast milk when they are back at work.
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Trans Awareness Week: Need for Workplace Protections

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
This week is Trans Awareness Week, which brings attention to issues facing transgender and gender non-conforming people. Employment discrimination is a critical and pervasive problem affecting this community with devastating economic and personal consequences. Tags: Discrimination, LGBT
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Paid Safe Time: Workplace Protection for Domestic Violence Victims

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 Category Paid Sick Leave
Seven years ago today, the first paid sick time law in the country to include safe time, Washington, D.C.’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008, went into effect. Since then, these critical protections have been added to many paid sick time laws: today, three states, five cities, and one county specifically include safe time purposes in their paid sick time protections. Tags: Safe Time, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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A Better Balance is Turning 10!

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 Category Uncategorized
We founded A Better Balance (ABB) ten years ago on the principle that we all deserve to be present for the ones we love when they need us most, without paying an impossible price at work.  Since then, the challenges of caring for family while earning an income have gone from being barely a blip on the national radar screen to becoming a regular part of our public discourse and fuel for a presidential campaign. Tags: Pregnant Workers, Paid Sick Days, Paid Family Leave, A Better Balance
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Pregnant@Work--A New Online Treasure Trove of Information

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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Thanks to the Center for WorkLife Law, there's a great new, free online resource to help women, their medical providers, and their advocates ensure fair treatment on the job for pregnant workers. Tags: Untagged
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New Report: Pregnant and Jobless

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Thirty-seven years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act to level the playing field for pregnant workers in the United States, pregnancy remains a liability in the workplace, especially for women who seek minor job accommodations to stay healthy and employed. Tags: Untagged
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Governor Signs New Rights for NY Women into Law

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace

This morning, Governor Cuomo signed key bills from his Women's Equality Act into law to break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality against women in the workplace, and in society at large.

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California Family Leave: What are my rights now?

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 Category Family Leave
As family structures evolve and become more diverse, laws designed to protect families must also change. That’s why we’re working to expand definitions of family to meet the needs of all families. We were, therefore, extremely disappointed by Governor Jerry Brown’s recent veto of a bill that would have extended job protection to a worker caring for an expanded list of family members when those family members are seriously ill.  Because of the possible confusion caused by the Governor’s veto, we wanted to clarify Californians’ rights with respect to family care. Tags: FMLA, LGBT, California, Paid Family Leave
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Elevating Workers' Voices

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
On October 7, 2015, the White House hosted a Summit on Worker Voice, to start a conversation about creating change in our workplaces. At A Better Balance, we hear the voices of workers every day, who tell us about the struggles they face caring for their families while holding down a job. Tags: Untagged
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The Unfinished Business of Supporting Working Families

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Thursday, 01 October 2015 Category Value Care Work

Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, out this week, has attracted a firestorm of media attention. The book brings much-needed attention to many of the critical issues facing working families, issues we work on every day:

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Workers’ Lack of Control Over Their Schedules: Need for A Change

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Friday, 25 September 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
It will come as no surprise to workers in almost every job in our society that the lack of control over schedules is hurting individuals and their families.  Last week the Comptroller of New York City, Scott Stringer released a report co-authored by A Better Balance, Families and Flexibility:  Building the 21st Century Workplace. Tags: Paid Family Leave, Right to Request, Schedules that Work, Workplace Flexibility
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