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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...

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State of the Union: It’s Time to Protect Working Families!

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Friday, 16 January 2015 Category Family Leave
2014 was a blockbuster year for our work on paid leave, and we are already working with dozens of state and local coalitions drafting laws that will guarantee workers the paid time off they need to care for their families. That is why we are so thrilled to hear that President Obama is making paid family leave and paid sick days top priorities, insuring that the momentum from 2014 continues into 2015! Tags: new york, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days, Paid Family Leave
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Know Your Rights: Time Off for Prenatal Visits & Illness

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 Category Fairness in the Workplace
If you are covered by the PWFA, you have a right to reasonable accommodations to protect the health of your pregnancy at work, so long as those accommodations do not create an undue hardship on your employer. Tags: pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time Blog Series, PWFA Blog Series, Pregnancy
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NEW CLAIMS FILED AGAINST WALMART FOR FAILING TO ACCOMMODATE PREGNANT WORKERS

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Friday, 19 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
“I made it clear to my supervisors that I wanted to keep working and that I could do several other jobs well,” said Riggins.  “I just needed to keep away from the chemicals, but Walmart said ‘No,’ even though I know they gave light duty to a coworker of mine when he hurt his back.  Finally, I was forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy and my paycheck.  No pregnant worker should have to make that decision.” Tags: pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers, Walmart
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When Workers Must Stay without Pay: SCOTUS Setback for Workers’ Rights

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Thursday, 11 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Jessie Busk and Laurie Castro worked for Integrity Staffing Solutions at a warehouse in Nevada, where they pulled products from the shelves and packed them for delivery to Amazon customers. Each day, Integrity required them and other employees to go through a security screening before they left the warehouse, purportedly to prevent theft. Due to long lines, employees had to wait for up to 25 minutes each day before they could be searched and then had to remove their keys, wallets, and belts and pass through metal detectors. Though searches were mandatory, the company refused to pay workers for the time spent waiting for and undergoing them. Tags: Schedules that Work, Supreme Court, Fairness in the Workplace
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ABB Client, Officer Lyndi Trischler, Tells Her Story at Supreme Court Rally

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace

This morning, ABB client, Police Officer Lyndi Trischler, had her story read at a rally on the Supreme Court steps while the high court heard oral arguments in the pregnancy discrimination case, Young v. UPS. We are reprinting her statement here.

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Stand with Peggy Young and all Pregnant Workers

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Monday, 01 December 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
This Wednesday, we’re rallying at the U.S. Supreme Court! In Young v. UPS the high court will decide whether a company policy that failed to provide “light duty” to pregnant workers, even though it provided light duty to other groups of workers, violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). This summer, ABB filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner, Peggy Young, explaining the devastating economic impact that such policies have on women and their families.
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A Reminder About Leave Protections for Victims of Violence

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – a day to raise awareness and take action against this worldwide problem. Since so many people are adversely affected by this issue, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the legal protections that can help those who are recovering from violent acts.  Tags: FMLA, Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Paid Family Leave
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An Exciting Day for Human Rights in New York City

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Monday, 24 November 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance commends Mayor Bill De Blasio for appointing Carmelyn Malalis as Chair of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. The appointment is a critical first step in restoring the agency’s reputation as a trusted resource for New Yorkers seeking fair and thoughtful resolution of discrimination complaints. Tags: Untagged
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A Landslide for Paid Sick Time at the Ballot!

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 Category Paid Sick Leave
The momentum for paid sick time is undeniable! Last night, paid sick time ballot initiatives won by large margins in 4 elections: Massachusetts (statewide!), Oakland (California), and Trenton and Montclair (New Jersey). Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, NJ, California, Massachusetts
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New Online Resource – Babygate – Know Your Rights around Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace

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Thursday, 30 October 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
As We Mark 36th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, More Education is Needed for Parents, Parents-to-be, and Caregivers to Know Their Rights in the Workplace Tags: Untagged
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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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