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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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Pregnant Workers Need Greater Legal Protections

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Although pregnancy discrimination has been illegal in this country for over 35 years, pregnant workers in Tennessee are still routinely fired or placed on unpaid leave when they need a modest accommodation in order to stay healthy and on the job. Tags: PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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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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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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Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 Category Workplace Flexibility
A survey of recent U. Penn. graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992, according to research by Stewart Friedman, author of the new book, “Baby Bust.” Tags: Workplace Flexibility, Paid Family Leave, PWFA
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NYC Pregnancy Discrimination Law Means Momentum Around the Country

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Monday, 07 October 2013 Category Fairness in the Workplace
Last week Mayor Bloomberg signed the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law, after the City Council voted for the bill 47-0. The momentum from the NYC law’s passage encouraged Philadelphia Councilmember Bill Greenlee to introduce a bill, similar to the NYC law, which will also protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace in Philadelphia. Tags: NYC, PWFA, pregnancy discrimination
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Disappointing Court Ruling for Pregnant UPS Employee

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 Category Fairness in the Workplace
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals gave pregnant women and advocates a very disappointing decision last week. Congress must respond by passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA would explicitly grant pregnant employees the right to a minor job modification in order to stay healthy and at work, unless to do so would cause an undue hardship on the business. Tags: Untagged
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Real Stories from Pregnant Workers: Making Their Voices Heard and Making a Difference

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A coalition of advocates, including A Better Balance, put together a compilation of eleven stories from across the country, called: “Why We Need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Stories of Real Women” in time for the Senate introduction of the PWFA. Tags: Untagged
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Fathers Need Family-Friendly Workplaces!

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Friday, 15 June 2012 Category Family Leave
Fathers are spending more and more time caring for their children.  This positive trend is great news for families.  However, as men increase their childcare responsibilities, they also experience a phenomenon long experienced by women--work/family conflict. Tags: Untagged
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Debunking Myths About Motherhood and Equal Pay

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 Category Fairness in the Workplace
For Equal Pay Day, A Better Balance interviewed Professor Benard to learn the facts about equal pay and the motherhood penalty. Tags: Untagged
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EEOC Meeting on Pregnancy & Caregiver Discrimination

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Friday, 24 February 2012 Category Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance headed to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to attend an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) meeting on pregnancy and caregiver discrimination. We are thrilled that the EEOC held the meeting to raise awareness of this important issue, but now the federal government must take action. Tags: Untagged
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Home Care Workers Deserve Basic Employment Rights

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 Category Value Care Work

On December 15, 2011, the Obama Administration announced proposed regulations to expand workers' rights protections to home care workers.  Minimum wage and overtime protections are basic labor rights that have been in place for almost all wage workers in the United States for decades--home care workers deserve these rights as well.

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"Up All Night" Is the Least of It

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 Category Family Leave
NBC’s new comedy show, “Up All Night,” featuring a couple exhaustedly struggling with their new baby, is actually a reminder that in the United States, in many ways, they are very lucky. Tags: Paid Family Leave
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