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Events List

Spring Celebration

An evening to celebrate advancing the rights of working families and the individuals who have put our ideals into practice. 


Honoring 

Cynthia DiBartolo - Distinguished Leadership Award
       Chief Executive Officer
       Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
       Tigress Financial Partners LLC
Janice Goodman - Women's Rights Trailblazer Award
      Attorney
      Law Offices of Janice Goodman
Tom Nides - Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award
      Managing Director & Vice Chairman
      Morgan Stanley
Armanda Legros - Community Advocate Award

When: Monday May 5th, 2014 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Gansevort Park Avenue, Park Lounge  420 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10016
Buy Tickets: Here
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Special Training! Overview of the NYC Earned Sick Time Act and the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Learn the details of the Earned Sick Time Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act from the experts who led efforts to secure these new labor standards for working New Yorkers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act went into effect in January and the Earned Paid Sick Time Act will go into effect on April 1, 2014.

This training will provide you with answers to questions about these new laws as well as resources for further help.

Speakers:

  • Sherry Leiwant, A Better Balance
  • Phoebe Taubman, A Better Balance
  • Nancy Rankin, Community Service Society

Where: Community Service Society (New York, NY) 105 East 22nd Street Corner of Park Ave. South


When: Wednesday March 26th, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am


RSVP: Send an email to Migdalia Molina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your name, title, agency and phone number.


More Information: Click here


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Babygate: Surviving Preganancy and Parenting in the Workplace


An Educational Workshop with authors Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman


Come to learn about the rights and protections you as parents (and expectant parents) have and don't have in the workplace. Discuss with these experts how to navigate the workplace challenges that arise in seeking work-life balance and the steps neccessary to create more family-friendly policies for all.


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Families at Work: Rights and Protections for Workers with Family Responsibilities (CLE)

This training will cover federal, state and local statutes that protect workers from discrimination based on family status, pregnancy and caregiver responsibilities. It will also cover legislation guaranteeing paid sick days for certain workers and other benefits.

Trainers:

  • Katherine Greenberg, Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society
  • Phoebe Taubman, Senior Staff Attorney at A Better Balance
  • Jared Make, Senior Staff Attorney at A Better Balance
When: Wednesday March 12th, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm

WhereLegal Services NYC - Central 40 Worth Street, Suite 606 New York, NY 10013 (Photo ID is required to enter the building)

To Register for this training please visit www.learningcenter.legalservicesnyc.org 

Email all questions to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Free Training: New Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women and New Mothers in New York City!


Starting January 30, 2014, a new law will provide NYC workers with job modifications to accommodate pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. This may include time off for prenatal appointments, extra bathroom breaks, light duty to avoid heavy lifting, or unpaid leave to recover from childbirth.

 

Come learn more about how this exciting new law will benefit you, your clients, or your patients.

Find out how the law can help keep women healthy and on the job!

 

When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014  1:00-2:30pm  Lunch will be served

Where: YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 3rd Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11217

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"Unfinished Business" A Book Party

"Unfinished Business" documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States.  Drawing on original data from fieldwork and surveys of employers, workers, and the larger California adult population, Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum analyze in detail the effect of the state’s landmark paid family leave on employers and workers. They also explore the implications of California’s decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.

Join Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum for a panel discussion of this important work and its implications for passage of Family Leave Insurance in New York State.


Wine & Cheese will be served. Please note that registration is required for attendance.


When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

Where: The Worker Institute at Cornell

              16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor, Room A, Manhattan, NY 10016

RSVP: Here

 

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What Every Working Parent Should Know

Presented by Outten & Golden LLP's Family Rights and Disability Discrimination Practice Group and A Better Balance
November 14, 2013

Please Join us for a lunchtime conversation about the challenges parents face in the workplace and the laws that exist to protect parents.  Topics include: notifying your employer that you are expecting; using sick time to care for ill children; seeking flexible work arrangements, and ensuring equality for parents in the workplace.  Parents and their providers, including doctors, social workers, and educators, will all benefit from this prectical primer. 
Speakers: 
  • Dina Bakst, A Better Balance
  • Amber Trzinski, Outten & Golden LLP

Lunch will be served.

When: Thursday November 14, 2013  Noon to 2pm

Where: Outten & Golden LLP   3 Park Ave, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10016

RSVP: by November 6th to Eileen Mercado:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Making Pregnancy Discrimination a Thing of the Past: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 35 & the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 1975/S 942)

Congressional Briefing Hosted by Senator Robert Casey, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congressman Jerry Nadler
October 30th, 2013
 

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 was an important step toward workplace equality for America’s women. However, thirty-five years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act became law, pregnancy discrimination continues to threaten the economic security of millions of pregnant women and their families – with potentially devastating consequences. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 197/S 942) would help end this discrimination and promote the health and economic security of pregnant women, their babies and their families. It is past time to make pregnancy discrimination a thing of the past.

Speakers: 
  •  Peggy Young, plaintiff in Young v. UPS
  •  Cynthia DiBartolo, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce & CEO of Tigress Financial Partners, LLC
  •  Dr. Lin-Fan Wang, Physicians for Reproductive Health
  •  Rachel Lyons, National Partnership for Women & Families
  •  Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center
  •  Dina Bakst, A Better Balance
When: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013   2:00 pm

Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203

RSVP: please contact Amarillys Rodriguez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202.986.2600.

 

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National Council for Jewish Women, JWRC Conference "Women Today - Aspirations for the Future"

Sunday October 27, 2013

The purpose of the conference is to explore issues challenging women today including pay equity, reproductive rights and day care services for children and adults. The morning will be devoted to speakers/panelists presenting accomplishments in these areas and the myriad opportunities and challenges that still face women. The afternoon will consist of workshops where commentators and attendees will generate ideas which may successfully assist in moving forward.

Speakers
  • Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, Congresswoman, Brooklyn District Attorney - Keynote speaker
  • Minna Elias - NY Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney - Panelist
  • Honorable Angela Mazzarelli, Associate Justice NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division - Panelist
  • Stephanie Hill Wilchfort, Vice-President of Development, Lower East Side Tenement Museum - Panelist
  • Kelly Baden, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL - workshop leader Reproductive Rights
  • Dina Bakst, Co-Founder/Co-President, A Better Balance - workshop leader Pay Equity
  • Fran Dillon, LMSW, CSW, Clinical Social Worker/Therapist ­ workshop leader Day Care Services

To learn more about this event click here.

Where: 820 Second Avenue, 10th floor New York, NY 10017

When: Sunday October 27, 2013 10:00am -3:30pm

Cost: $45. per member, $50. per non-member

Reserve your spot by contacting  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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New York City Bar Event: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Gains, Losses and Next Steps

Thursday October 24, 2013

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act turns 35 this month. Since its passage, women have entered the workforce in record numbers and assumed positions of power in many fields. Yet pregnancy discrimination persists and new battles have arisen. Our distinguished panel will discuss the gains, losses and next steps from the perspective of the EEOC, a non-profit organization, academia and private practice.

Speakers:  
Raechel Adams Supervisory Trial Attorney, EEOC
Dina Bakst Co-founder and Co-President, A Better Balance
Joanna Grossman Distinguished Professor of Family Law, Hofstra Law School
Carmelym Malalis Co-Chair of the Family Responsibilities & Disability Discrimination Practice Group, Outten & Golden LLP

Where: 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

When: Thursday October 24, 2013 6:30-8:00pm

Register Here

 

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A Discussion with the Authors of Babygate 

Tuesday October 22, 2013

In Babygate, by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman and Elizabeth Gedmark, three legal experts share practical tips, real-life stories and key legal information to spotlight the protections expecting and new parents have (and don’t have) in the workplace. This guide covers everything from morning sickness and maternity leave, to confronting discrimination on the job. With a clear, often witty, interpretation of the law and various employment policies, the authors explain how workers can advocate for themselves and protect their jobs and paychecks while welcoming their little bundles of joy.

Join us to learn more and find out what's next in the movement for a more family-friendly America.

Where: The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street  New York, NY 10011

When: Tuesday October 22, 2013 6:00-8:00pm

RSVP: Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Babygate Talk with Elizabeth Gedmark

Thursday September 26, 2013

In Babygate, by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman and Elizabeth Gedmark, three legal experts share practical tips, real-life stories and key legal information to spotlight the protections expecting and new parents have (and don’t have) in the workplace. This guide covers everything from morning sickness and maternity leave, to confronting discrimination on the job. With a clear, often witty, interpretation of the law and various employment policies, the authors explain how workers can advocate for themselves and protect their jobs and paychecks while welcoming their little bundles of joy.

Author Elizabeth Gedmark will give a talk about the book, and sign copies, which will be for sale. Ms Gedmark is a Law Fellow at A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center.  This program is co-sponsored by Maplewood Library and Mothers & More.

Where :Maplewood Memorial Library,  51 Baker Street Maplewood, NJ 07040 

When: Thursday September 26, 2013 7:00- 8:00pm

 

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Cheers to 20 Years! The Celebrate and Expand Family Leave Party

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Since President Clinton signed the federal Family and Medical Leave Act into law, guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for urgent family issues such as the arrival of a new child or serious illness of an aging parent, the law has been used more than 100 million times.  The FMLA was a huge step forward, but it was only a first step. New York's working families need paid family leave so they don't have to choose between their loved ones and their economic security. Therefore, the reception will also be a kick off for our campaign to make family leave insurance a reality for New York State!
The event is being sponsored by (list in formation) the NY Paid Leave Coalition, Working Families Party, A Better Balance, Community Service Society of NY, Demos, Family Values @ Work, MomsRising.Org, New York Civil Liberties Union, NY Society for Ethical Culture, New York State AFL- CIO, Organizing 2.0, Women’s City Club, and the NYC Central Labor Council

WhereCOLORS Restaurant (417 Lafayette Street NY, NY)

When: Thursday September 12, 2013 5:30-7:30pm

 

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Webinar: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers: Training for Advocates & Policy Makers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Lose your job or endanger your pregnancy.  That’s a choice no woman should ever have to make. Yet those workers who need temporary changes in their jobs because of pregnancy--especially women in low-wage and physically demanding jobs--are often forced to choose between losing their income and risking their health — even when their employer routinely makes accommodations for employees with disabilities or injuries. All too often, employers deny pregnant workers’ requests to stay off high ladders, sit on a stool during very long shifts, or honor a lifting restriction imposed by a doctor.
Join experts from A Better Balance and the National Women’s Law Center for a free online training webinar for state advocates, activists, and policymakers about the workers who need temporary job accommodations at some point during pregnancy and the federal and state policy solutions they need.
This webinar will feature both legal and policy experts, and will include.
  • What's working? Examples of state and federal policies that help pregnant women in the workplace
  • Findings from the new report “It Shouldn’t Be a Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers.
  • The current legal landscape and federal, state, and local policy recommendations
  • Talking points and messaging tips for taking action
  • Tips for building persuasive coalitions and engaging businesses to tackle this problem
  • A chance to ask experts your questions
Featured Speakers:
Dina Bakst, Co-President, A Better Balance
Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel, National Women's Law Center

Special Guest:
Cynthia DiBartolo, Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce; Chief Executive Officer, Tigress Financial Partners LLC

When: Tuesday, September  30, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
RSVP: To RSVP and get the information about how to join the webinar, click here.

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Webinar: National Web Briefing & Strategy Session on the Paid Sick Days Movement

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The national movement to ensure paid sick days for all workers achieved major victories this year with the passage of laws in New York City and Portland, after recent victories in Seattle and Connecticut. Join Sherry Leiwant, Co-President of A Better Balance, elected leaders, grassroots organizers, and policy experts for a webinar to discuss the lessons they've learned from these fights and lay out a strategy for upcoming battles. Giving all workers the right to earn time off to take care of themselves or a sick family member is essential to supporting working families, protecting public health, and improving the quality of all jobs. In this webinar, we'll discuss: 

- How the campaigns in New York City and Seattle defeated their powerful opponents.

- How Florida preempted Orlando's campaign and what's next for the indefatigable advocates.

- Updates on campaigns for reform in numerous cities around the country.

- How the local campaigns around the country fit into a strategy for federal reform.

- What the polling evidence shows us about the popularity of these bills.

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Who: In addition to Sherry Leiwant, Co-President of A Better Balance, the webinar will feature: Councilmember Nick Licata (Seattle, WA and Chair of Local Progress); Councilmember Gale Brewer (New York, NY); Ellen Bravo (Family Values @ Work); Jon Green (Working Families); Vicki Shabo (National Partnership for Women and Families); Roxanne Stachowski (Rockefeller Family Foundation); Ricardo Valadez (Leadership Center for the Common Good); and Ady Barkan (Local Progress / Center for Popular Democracy) (Moderator)

RSVP: To RSVP and get the information about how to join the webinar, click here.

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The Life-Work Balancing Act: Broadening the Conversation About our Workplaces

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The debate of work-life balance has hit the media waves again, mostly focusing on tips for white-collar and executive women on juggling family, job promotions and life. Sponsored by A Better Balance and the Women's City Club of New York City, this forum intends to broaden the conversation by examining the economic, cultural and social components of “balancing” life’s obligations. To learn more about the panelists and event, click here.

When: Wednesday, June 19th, 5:30-8:00pm

Where: Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
281 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010 (at 22nd Street)

Cost: $10 for Women's City Club members, $15 for Guests

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Babygate: A Conversation with the Authors

Tuesday, May 22nd

Join us for a conversation with the authors of this new, insightful guide that serves as a roadmap to the tricky terrain that comes with being a parent in the American workplace. Learn about the rights and protection available for parents (and expectant parents) in the workplace and explore ways to navigate the challenges that arise in seeking work-life balance and the steps to achieve more family-friendly policies for all.

When: Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: The JCC in Manhattan (7th Floor - Beit Midrash)
334 Amsterdam ave at 76th st, New York, NY 10023

RSVP: For more information about the event, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

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Babygate Book Release Party!

Wednesday, May 15th

We are celebrating the launch of A Better Balance's new book, Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy & Parenting in the American Workplace. Babygate is an essential road map to the laws that involve pregnant women and new parents at work. The guide covers everything from morning sickness to maternity leave to confronting discrimination on the job, and it makes a great gift for the expecting parents in your life.

When: Wednesday, May 15th, 7-9pm

Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

RSVP: Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Women's Equality Agenda Briefing & Discussion: Westchester

Tuesday, March 19th

Join Dina Bakst, Co-Founder & Co-President of A Better Balance and Assemblymember Addie Russell, Chair of the Women's Issues Task Force for a briefing and discussion of the New York Women's Equality Agenda.

When: Tuesday, March 19th 6:30-8:00pm

Where: YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
515 North Street
White Plains

RSVP: Please register here

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Women for NYC Paid Sick Days Rally

Monday, February 25, 2013

Please join us on Monday, February 25, 2013, for a paid sick days rally in New York City!  Women leaders from across diverse fields--elected officials, workers, business leaders, healthcare professionals, advocates and activists--will stand together to demand passage of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act.

Without paid sick time, women--especially low-income women with children and single mothers--face impossible choices between their economic security and caring for their personal or children's health. In a New York Times article last July, Gloria Steinem highlighted the importance of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act to women: "Ms. Steinem said that passage of the legislation would have a disproportionate benefit for women, both because they typically shoulder the burden of caring for sick children and because they are overrepresented in low-wage industries where workers often are not paid or are fired for absence.  'I’ve seen women lose their jobs, lose their apartments, and spend two years getting their kids back from foster care — all starting with a sick child,' Ms. Steinem wrote."

When: Monday, February 25, 2013, 11AM

Where: City Hall

Subway: #4, #5, #6 trains to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; #2, #3 trains to Park Place; R train to City Hall; C, A trains to Chambers Street. You can enter City Hall Plaza from either the west side at Broadway and Murray Street or the east side at Park Row. Please leave extra time for security.

More Information About the NYC Paid Sick Days Campaign: For background information and resources regarding the paid sick days campaign in New York City, head to this page of our website!

Other Ways to Stay Involved: For those of you in NYC, you can help out with the campaign, even if you can't make this rally! Please sign and share our petition calling on the Speaker to bring the NYC Paid Sick Time Act to a vote.

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U.S. Reproductive Rights in 2013: A Critical Look at Where We Stand

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The 2012 election was full of references and rhetoric related to women’s reproductive rights. From whether birth control should be covered by Obamacare, to the attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, to the infamous “legitimate rape” statement by a congressional hopeful, women’s rights in the context of their reproductive freedoms was front-page news. Observers in New York City may find it hard to gain perspective on how reproductive rights issues play out in less liberal parts of the country. This forum will look at these issues in the national context, providing an overview of where we stand as a nation, with facts and figures, and an opportunity to discuss where these issues fit in the broader context of women’s rights, access to health care, and the march towards equality. Panelists will also discuss some recent “wins” for women’s rights in New York.

When: Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 12:25-1:50pm

Where: New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Click here to RSVP for this event.

PANELISTS:

Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance

Angela Hooton, State Policy and Advocacy Director, Center for Reproductive Rights

Ariela Migdal ’01, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project

MODERATOR:

Denise Tomasini-Joshi, Assistant Dean for Public Service, NYU School of Law

View this event on the web calendar.

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New York City Paid Sick Days Rally: This Flu Health Emergency Calls for a Vote on Paid Sick Days!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Please join A Better Balance, health care professionals, elected officials, working families, and the paid sick days coalition for a rally on the steps of City Hall.  With the approval of 83% of New Yorkers, a veto-proof majority of the City Council in support, and a flu epidemic, it's time for Council Speaker Quinn to bring this bill to a vote!

When: Friday, January 18, 2013, Noon

Where: City Hall

Subway: #4, #5, #6 trains to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; #2, #3 trains to Park Place; R train to City Hall; C, A trains to Chambers Street. You can enter City Hall Plaza from either the west side at Broadway and Murray Street or the east side at Park Row. Please leave extra time for security.

More Information About the NYC Paid Sick Days Campaign: For background information and resources regarding the paid sick days campaign in New York City, head to this page of our website!

Other Ways to Stay Involved: For those of you in NYC, if you have been affected by the flu epidemic this year but don't have paid sick time, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story.

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Roundtable Discussion About Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities in the Film and Television Industry

Friday, November 16, 2012

All Quiet! Kids on the Set: Ensuring a Balance Between Work and Family Responsibilities

New York Women in Film & Television is holding a roundtable discussion about balancing work and family responsibilities in the film and television industry, featuring speakers Dina Bakst, Co-President & Co-Founder of A Better Balance, and Ossai Miazad, an associate at Outten & Golden. Breakfast will be served.

The event will focus on the challenges of being mothers/parents in the industry; what employees and employers should know about pregnancy, motherhood, and parental rights discrimination; and human resources policies that employers should adopt in order to attract and retain more mothers/parents in the workplace.

When:  Friday, November 16th, 8:30am-10:00am

Where: Outten & Golden, 3 Park Avenue, 29th Floor 

Additional Event Information: Click here for event details.

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Paid Sick Days Petition Delivery and Stroller March

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Better Balance and the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition are organizing a stroller march at City Hall on October 4th! Please join other parents, as well as elected officials and community leaders, as we deliver 50,000 petitions in support of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act to Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

If you haven't added your name to our petition yet, there's still time!

When:  Wednesday, September 19 at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

Additional Event Information: Stay tuned to our Facebook page for event details and updates!

More Information About the NYC Paid Sick Days Campaign: For background information and resources regarding the paid sick days campaign in New York City, head to this page of our website!

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Paid Sick Days Panel at the New York City LGBT Community Center

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jared Make, Staff Attorney at A Better Balance, and Council Member Gale Brewer, lead sponsor of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act, will be speaking about the importance of paid sick days to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities on a panel at the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City.

When:  Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm.

Where: LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan

More Information: A flyer with event details is available on facebook.

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Healthcare Professionals Paid Sick Days Rally

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Join doctors, nurses, medical students, healthcare professionals, and members of the NYC Paid Sick Days Coalition as we draw attention to the significant public health benefits of paid sick days. 

When:  Wednesday, September 19 at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

More Information: More information is available on the CIR-SEIU website.

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Clergy and Community Leaders Paid Sick Days Event

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Join clergy, elected officials and community leaders from the NYC Paid Sick Days Coalition as we remember Felix Trinidad. Felix, a 12-year employee of a supermarket in Brooklyn, passed away this July following a battle with stomach cancer. Felix's employer did not offer paid sick days, and he was forced to work during chemotherapy because he could not afford to take a day off.

When:  Wednesday, August 22nd at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

More Information: A flyer with more information is available here.

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Women for Paid Sick Days Rally

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Join elected officials, working women, mothers, doctors, nurses, teachers, community organizations, labor, restaurant, direct care, retail, business, early childhood, & senior groups to shed light on this critical issue!

When:  Wednesday, July 18th at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

Check out this flyer for details on the event.  To join the Campaign or to RSVP your attendance, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Family Leave Insurance Webinar

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The National Center for Children in Poverty will host a webinar on Family Leave Insurance. The event, "Family Leave Insurance in New York State:  Engaging the Early Childhood and Public Health Communities," will focus on the importance of family leave insurance for healthy development in early childhood.  We will also discuss strategies for engaging early childhood and public health research, advocacy, and policy organizations in supporting renewed efforts to win Family Leave Insurance in New York State.  The webinar will share research findings and action steps presented at NCCP's public forum held last April at the Ford Foundation.  Our distinguished panelists include:  

  • Donna Dolan, New York State Paid Leave Coalition  
  • Dana Friedman, Early Years Institute  
  • Sherry Leiwant, A Better Balance  
  • David Socolow, former commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development  
  • Lois Uttley, Public Health Association of New York City

When:  Tuesday, July 12, 2012 from 12:00-1:15pm

Click here to register, and learn more about the need for family leave insurance in our fact sheet on New York's bill.

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Family Leave Insurance Campaign Launch

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Join elected officials, community organizations, unions, businesses, early childhood, women's and senior groups to launch the Family Leave Insurance campaign in New York State!

When:  Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:30pm

Where: LOB-Albany; LCA Room

Check out this flyer for details on the event, and learn more about the need for family leave insurance in our fact sheet on New York's bill. 

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Family Leave Insurance and Pregnancy Accommodations Conference Call

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Join us to hear about two important bills that are being discussed in the New York State Legislature. Hear what other women’s organization in NY are doing about this and ask questions of the experts. Guest experts: Dina Bakst, Co-Founder & Co-President of A Better Balance, and Donna Dolan, Paid Leave Coalition of New York. Sponsored by the YWCA.

When:  Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 10:30am

Where: Call 1-877-567-1262 code: 455327#

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Workers' Rights: Balancing Work and Family

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Calling all social service professionals!  Get the latest on key challenges facing low-income workers. 

When:  Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 9:30am-12:30pm

Where: Community Service Society, 105 East 22nd Street, NYC, Conference Room 4A

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

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New York Care Congress

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Caring Across Generations is a bold new campaign for quality care and support, and a dignified quality of life for all Americans, across generations. Care Congresses are town-hall dialogues to bring together everyday people in a new movement to create quality, dignified care for all.

When:  Wednesday, June 3, 2012, 1pm: Registration & refreshments; 2pm: Program begins

Where: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

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Women's Economic Roundtable

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This roundtable will focus on legislation currently proposed in the New York State Senate regarding pay equity, equal economic opportunities for women, health and reproductive rights, and protection from domestic violence.

When:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where: Albany, New York

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A Better Balance Spring Celebration 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Join us to celebrate another year of advancing the rights of working families and the individuals who have put our ideals into practice. 

When:  Monday, May 7, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm

Where:  Gansevoort Park Avenue Park Lounge, 420 Park Avenue South at 29th Street

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

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Paid Family Leave Forum

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Better Balance is convening a forum with the National Center for Children in Poverty and the New York State Paid Leave Coalition, bringing together researchers, advocates, and stakeholders across the domains of early childhood, public health, and economic security to discuss and advance paid family leave.

When: April 25, 2012

Where: Ford Foundation, New York, NY

To receive updates about the forum including invitation, agenda, and panelist list, please contact:

Kalyani Thampi
215 West 125th St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10027
T: 646.284.9619
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Join Us for an Equal Pay Day NYC Forum

Monday, April 16, 2012 10:45am to 12:30pm

Making Equal Pay a reality in New York! 6th Annual Equal Pay Day NYC

Special guest Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joined by political leaders, advocates and experts calling for stronger equal pay laws & policies. Panel moderated by NPR Host Maria Hinojosa.

Click here for additional information.

Where: NYU Law School, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South

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Current Trends and Cutting Edge Issues in Family Responsibilities Discrimination Law CLE

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The Families @ Work Legal Clinic, co-sponsored by A Better Balance and Outten & Golden LLP, offers free consultations to low-income workers facing problems on the job related to their family responsibilities. Join us to learn about our clinic and how you can successfully represent pregnant women, working parents and caregivers in their workplace disputes.

Our panel will cover how federal, state and local laws can be used to protect family caregivers and how temporary disability and unemployment insurance impact pregnant women and new mothers. Case studies will highlight strategies for complex cases and tie together overlapping regulatory regimes.

Click here for additional information.

Outten & Golden, LLP, 3 Park Avenue, 29th Floor

Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 24th
Space is limited

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New York City Paid Sick Time Campaign -- Press Conference with Healthcare & Policy Experts

Thursday, February 16, 2012, Arrive at 12:45pm for 1:00pm Press Conference

Please join A Better Balance and the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition for a press conference at Bellevue Hospital.  At the event, healthcare providers and policy experts will be highlighting new data showing that the NYC Paid Sick Time Act would provide millions of dollars in annual emergency room savings for NYC Hospitals.

Click here for a flyer with additional information (and here for a Spanish language version).

Bellevue Hospital, New York City

Assemble on the West Side of 1st Avenue near 27th Street.

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Roundtable CLE Presentation on Work/Family Issues and the Law

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:30am to 10:00am

A Better Balance cordially invites you to a CLE to learn about cutting edge legal issues and trends including pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, family leave issues, the enforcement of the new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and more!

Click here for the program and additional information.

When:
January 25, 2012, 8:30am to 10:00am

Where:
Morrison & Foerster, LLP
1290 Avenue of the Americas @ 51st Street, New York City

RSVP Required by January 23, 2012 to Jaclyn Stoll at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-430-5982.

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Rally to Relaunch the New York City Paid Sick Days Campaign 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Meet at 11:30am for 12:00pm Rally

A million and a half working New Yorkers have no paid sick time to care for themselves or sick children. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, A Better Balance and the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition will hold a rally at City Hall to relaunch the paid sick time campaign. The coalition is larger, stronger, and more determined than ever to pass the NYC Paid Sick Time Act in 2012!

Click here for directions and additional details. For a flyer in Spanish, click here.

When:
January 18, 2012, Meet at 11:30am for 12:00pm rally.

Where:
Steps of City Hall
New York City

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Pay Equity Public Hearing

Monday, December 12, 2011 11:00am

Dina Bakst will be a witness at a public hearing on pay equity in New York State before Assmblymembers Keith L.T. Wright, Peter J. Abbate, Jr., Steve Englebright, Andrew D. Hevesi, and Ellen Jaffee.

http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/comm/Labor/20111128/

When:
December 12, 2011 11:00am

Where:
250 Broadway, Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th Floor
New York , NY 10010

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Paid Sick Leave in New York City

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:30am - 11:00am

Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network (formerly the Welfare Reform Network) Presents:

Paid Sick Leave In New York City

featuring:

Sherry Leiwant

Co-Founder & Co-President
A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center

One key challenge for New Yorkers in low-wage jobs is a lack of paid sick leave. Over a million people in NYC don't receive any, and we all suffer (both economically and health-wise) as a result. Our meeting on December 6th will feature a conversation on sick-leave legislation that is currently before the New York City Council, and outline how advocates can take action on this issue.

We'll also have updates on EJSWN Committee efforts, and other timely issues related to economic justice and income-security-related issues.

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6584/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=33488

When:
December 6, 2011 9:30am-11:00am

Where:
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
281 Park Avenue South (at 22nd Street)
New York , NY 10010

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Domestic Workers Convention

Saturday, December 3, 2011 9:00am - 6:00pm

Join hundreds of nannies, housekeepers, & elderly caregivers to build our power for greater rights and respect! In 2010, New York domestic workers made history when we passed the nation's first Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights. We won basic rights and protections where none had existed. Now we must build upon our victory and raise the industry standards!

Convention Highlights:

Free Legal Consultations (by ABB and other legal organizations)

Workers Rights Workshops

Negotiation Tools & Techniques

Domestic Workers General Assembly

Guest Speakers & Door Prizes!

When:
December 3, 2011 9:00am-6:00pm

Where:
New York Academy of Medicine - 2nd Floor Hall - Corner of 103rd Street & 5th Avenue

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 Super Committee Action

Thursday, November 17, 2011 08:00am - 11:00am

Join the Caring Across Generations campaign. We will surprise members of the Super Committee at a fundraising meeting, then walk together to Capitol Hill for a People's Hearing with members of Congress. We'll share our stories and tell Congress that the 99% of us need jobs, not cuts to our care programs.

When:
November 17, 2011 8:00am-11:00am

Where:
Meet at 8am sharp at Union Station, at the Metro stop that is closest to the outdoor eating tables (in front of the Chipotle). We'll do a surprise action at a congressional fundraiser, and then head over to the capitol together for a People's Hearing from 10:00-11:00am.

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 Human Rights Webinar

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

The Human Right to Paid Sick Leave: How the human rights framework can advance campaigns for economic justice in the U.S.

Featuring:

Sherry Leiwant, Co-Founder & Co-President, A Better Balance

Virgilio O. Aran, Lead Organizer, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York


When:
October 25, 2011 1:00-2:00pm

Where:
Please REGISTER for instructions on how to sign into the Webinar

Presented by the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center and the US Human Rights Network

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 Work/Life Panel at Culture Center

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 06:30pm - 08:00pm

ABB's Phoebe Taubman will join a panel to discuss the personal and policy dimensions of work/life balance at an event sponsored by the Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Alumni Associations, and the Stanford University Women's Network.


When:
October 20, 2011 6:30-8:00pm

Where:
Culture Center at 410 Columbus Ave, between 79th and 80th Streets

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 Brooklyn Families Rock for Paid Sick Time

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 11:30am - 01:30pm

1.3 Million New Yorkers lack a single day of paid sick leave . . . we're about to change that.  
Join us for public action, arts & crafts, facepainting, balloon animals and a performance by Slavic Soul Party!

When:
October 16, 2011 from 11:30am - 1:30pm

Where:
Greenwood Ball Field, corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 5th Street in Brooklyn

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Fair Pay and Work-Life Balance

Thursday, October 06, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm

Progress and Pitfalls in the Effort to Achieve Fair Pay and Work-Life Balance

Join NY State Sentaor Liz Krueger, author of S. 5674, the Fair Pay Act, and a panel of experts as they explore the hot button issue of fair pay.  Learn about the "wage gap" that allows many people to be paid less than they should be for comparable work. Hear about the progress that has been made in the area, and the struggle many people still deal with as they try to achieve work-life balance.

Program Co-sponsorNYCLA's Women's Rights Committee and New York State Bar Association's Committee on Women in the Law (CWIL)

Faculty:
Dina Bakst
Co-President, A Better Balance; Leslie Kelmachter,President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, partner at The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm and author of A High Court (Very) Open to Business, published in the New York Law    Journal July 7, 2011;  State Senator Liz Krueger, author of S.5674, the Fair Pay Act

Where:
New York County Lawyers' Association, 14 Vesey Street, New York, NY

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