Our mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.
We employ a range of legal strategies to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers and value the work of caring for families.
Who We Are
At some point in our lives, we are all likely to be primary caregivers to a child, spouse, parent or other family member, or to need care ourselves. We all hope we can care for our loved ones when they need us the most. Yet for many workers, especially those with the fewest resources, a new baby or seriously ill family member can spell financial ruin. Gaps in our laws leave too many families on the brink. It doesn’t have to be this way.
A Better Balance leverages the power of the law to ensure that no worker has to make the impossible choice between their job and their family. We lead the charge for policies that help families, including paid sick leave and family leave, flexible work, pay equity, and policies that combat discrimination based on pregnancy and family status. Our efforts help people who work outside and inside the home achieve a better balance between providing for their families and caring for them. We believe that when all working parents and caregivers have a fair shot in the workplace, our families, our communities, and our nation are healthier and stronger.
Goal of A Better Balance
American workplace and public policies have failed to keep up with the changing workforce and the changing needs of families. Low-income workers are particularly hampered in their efforts to provide care to children and other family members while earning enough to get by. Many workers are left with the impossible choice of sacrificing their economic security or sacrificing critical time needed to care for family members.
Our goal is to make our society more hospitable to families by promoting and supporting policies that would allow parents to remain in the workforce without compromising the wellbeing of their families. We seek to reduce the stress of conflicting work-family demands and responsibilities and end discrimination against workers who care for their children or other family members. In addition, we will promote greater equality by reducing the wage gap between men and women with family responsibilities and encouraging men to take on a greater share of care work. Likewise, we will ensure that the work of providing care in the home, whether by family members or by professionals, is valued.