Advancing the rights of working families.

The Need for Fairness in the Workplace

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Many workplace norms and laws were developed over half a century ago, when a different workforce model and a different family model prevailed. In 1960, 70% of families had at least one parent at home full-time. Today, 70% of children are growing up in families headed by either a single working parent or two working parents. A Better Balance is a leader in the struggle to change laws and policies to better reflect the way Americans live and work today, like the fight for fair treatment for pregnant workers--join us & learn more here.

 

 

Pregnancy & Caregiver Discrimination 

Discrimination against workers because of their family responsibilities is all too common in today's workplaces. An employee with an excellent track record tells her boss she is pregnant and suddenly starts receiving negative reviews.  A young man whose mother is fighting cancer is fired after asking for a part-time schedule at work so he can care for her.  A new mother is passed over for an opportunity in favor of a male coworker because her boss doesn't want a woman with a baby representing his business.  A pregnant retail worker who wants a stool to sit on at the cash register is told she cannot be accommodated and is fired.  We need better laws and stricter enforcement to prevent such unfair treatment and remove this obstacle to caregivers' success at work. 

The Pregnancy Penalty: How Motherhood Drives Inequality & Poverty in New York City

New York Women's Equality Act

Family Responsibilities Discrimination

Families @ Work Legal Clinic 

Fairness for Pregnant Workers


Relevant Testimony & Comments
pdficon  Testimony on New York City Proposed Int. No. 974-A June 2013
pdficon Comments Submitted for EEOC Meeting on Pregnancy and Caregiver Issues February 2012
   pdficon     Testimony on Maine Act to Protect Family Caregivers                     April 2009 
  pdficon    Testimony on New York City Proposed Int. No. 565-A                   December 2007     

Fair Pay

Mothers are the breadwinner or co-breadwinner in two thirds of American families.  Twenty-four percent of children in the U.S. live in single-mother-lead households with one breadwinner.  Women's earnings are critical to their families' economic security and yet women earn, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid.  Working mothers and their families deserve fair pay. 

ABB Fact Sheet on Fair Pay

Fair Pay for Federal Contractors

Fair Pay in New York State

Equal Pay in New York State Contracting

 

Relevant Testimony

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  Testimony before New York State Assemblymembers about Fair Pay in NY

December 2011

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  Testimony before the New York City Council about Wal-Mart

    February 2011     

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  Testimony before the New York City Council Women's Issues Committee      

June 2010

Flexible Work Arrangements

Nearly half of all workers in the U.S. are responsible for the care of a child or elder relative but few have access to flexible work arrangements to help them manage those responsibilities.  Nearly 80% of workers would like to have more flexible work options and would use them if there were no negative career consequences. Existing law does little to help these workers and we can do better.

Part-Time Work

Telecommuting and the Right to Request Flexible Work

Breastfeeding at Work: Break Time and Support for Nursing Mothers

 

ABB Fact Sheets and Reports

                                            Relevant Testimony & Comments
pdficon A Better Balance Letter in Opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 April 2013
pdficon Testimony before the New Hampshire House Labor Committee on Workplace Flexibility   

February 2009

pdficon Testimony on Family-Friendly Work Policies before the New York City Council

October 2008


 



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