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ABB Client and Our Latest Report in the New York Times

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Monday, 20 October 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace

Despite advances in gender equality over the past 40 years, women continue to jeopardize their livelihoods simply by having children. Read more about this pregnancy penalty in our latest report and this week's New York Times.

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A Step Forward for Marriage Equality and Equal Access to the FMLA

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Monday, 06 October 2014 Category Family Leave
The Supreme Court's surprise move on marriage equality is another important step for LGBT equality and equal access to the Family and Medical Leave Act. Click here to learn more! Tags: Supreme Court, FMLA, LGBT
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Families & Flexibility

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 Category Workplace Flexibility

Yesterday, A Better Balance and New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, brought together an incredible group of panelists to discuss “Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the Workplace for the 21st Century.”

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Walmart Workers Stand Up for Pregnant Associates’ Rights!

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Friday, 26 September 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Last week, A Better Balance, with the National Women’s Law Center, conducted a Know Your Rights training at a Respect the Bump summit in Chicago, IL, educating parents and parents-to-be from across the country of their legal rights in the workplace. Tags: Untagged
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A Better Balance Filed Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Case: Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service

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Friday, 12 September 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Yesterday A Better Balance and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) jointly filed a friend of the court (amicus) brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a woman who was forced off her job while pregnant, losing income and her health benefits in the process. Tags: Untagged
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Domestic Workers Are Covered by the NYC Earned Sick Time Act!

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
If you are a domestic worker, you may have the right to paid sick time under the New York City Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA)! Learn more in the newest installment of our NYC sick time blog series. Tags: Paid Sick Days, sick leave, Paid Sick Time, Domestic Workers, Paid Sick Time Blog Series
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California Becomes the 2nd State in the U.S. to Guarantee Paid Sick Time!

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
At the start of the Labor Day weekend, the California Legislature passed a statewide paid sick time bill. Once the Governor signs the law, California will become the second state in the country to guarantee paid sick time (and join 9 cities with paid sick time laws)! Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
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Happy Women’s Equality Day From A Better Balance!

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment went into effect extending the right to vote at long last to American women. Tags: Fairness in the Workplace, Paid Family Leave, pregnancy discrimination
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Pregnant Police Officer in Florence, KY Pushed Off the Job Due to City Policy

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Monday, 04 August 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Office Lyndi Trischler is pregnant, lives with her one-year old daughter, and will soon have to move out of an apartment she can no longer afford because she’s been pushed out of her job. This is all because her employer, the City of Florence, Kentucky, will not permit any City employees to work with medical restrictions, unless they have been injured on-the-job. Tags: Pregnancy, pregnancy discrimination, Kentucky, Southern Office
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It's a Big Day for the New York City Earned Sick Time Act

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
Today is a big day for workers covered by the NYC Earned Sick Time Act! July 30th is the date on which workers become eligible to use the sick time they have accrued under the new law, if they have been with their employer since the law went into effect on April 1, 2014. Tags: Untagged
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ABB Joins Representatives in D.C. to Introduce Fair Scheduling Bill

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 Category Breastfeeding
Today, A Better Balance is helping to call national attention to the widespread problems of abusive scheduling practices and inflexible workplaces. Tags: Restaurant Workers, Workplace Flexibility
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Same-Sex Spouses and the Family and Medical Leave Act: We Need Your Help!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 Category Family Leave
The Obama administration has proposed a more LGBT-inclusive definition of “spouse” under the FMLA, the federal law that—among other purposes—provides eligible workers with unpaid leave to care for a seriously ill family member. To finalize this proposed rule, we need your help! Tags: LGBT, FMLA
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Which Family Members Are Covered Under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act?

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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
In this installment of our blog post series on the NYC Earned Sick Time Act, we discuss how the law can help workers in NYC to take care of family members, in addition to caring for themselves. Tags: sick leave, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Time Blog Series
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One of These States Is Not Like the Others....

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 Category Family Leave
This month, Rhode Island is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Paid Family Leave Insurance program. Tags: Paid Family Leave
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ABB Joins President Obama in DC!

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren't frills. They're basic needs. They shouldn't be bonuses -- they should be the bottom line.”

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A Huge Step Forward for LGBT Families Under the FMLA

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Friday, 20 June 2014 Category Family Leave
The Obama administration announced that it will issue a more inclusive definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under this new definition, LGBT workers who are lawfully married and eligible for the FMLA will be able to take leave to care for a seriously ill same-sex spouse REGARDLESS of the state in which they live. Tags: LGBT, FMLA, Paid Family Leave
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Florence Y’all: Need Light Duty For Pregnancy or a Disability? Not Welcome.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance recently got wind of a city-wide Directive, issued by the City Coordinator a little over a year ago, that says any employee who needs to modify their duties at work will be denied, unless it’s for a work-related injury. This move is not only heartless—it may very well be illegal. Tags: pregnancy discrimination, Southern Office
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The Workplace Flexibility Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask (And How Right to Request Laws Can Help!)

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 Category Workplace Flexibility
This week, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a report calling on employers to improve workplace flexibility and recommending that federal, state, and city governments consider adopting “right to request” laws. Tags: Right to Request, Workplace Flexibility
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Senate Committee Recognizes a Need for Predictable Schedules

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 Category Breastfeeding
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on May 20th that discussed the widespread problem of unfair scheduling practices.  Tags: Fairness in the Workplace
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I Already Have Time Off: What does the NYC Earned Sick Time Act Mean for Me?

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
In this installment of our NYC Earned Sick Time Act blog series, we respond to one of the most frequent questions we get on our legal hotline: what if my employer already gives me time off? Tags: Paid Sick Time Blog Series, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, sick leave
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