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The ABB New York City and Southern Offices are both recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law school graduates interested in applying for an externally funded 1-2 year public interest fellowship starting in September 2021. The NYC fellow would be based in New York City; the Southern Office fellow would be based in Nashville, TN. 

A Better Balance (ABB) is a national legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services, strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is improving workers’ lives at the local, state, and federal levels. We remain steadfast in working to dismantle the intersectional forms of injustice that contribute to the structural inequality working families in this country face, including but not limited to, gender injustice, racial injustice, economic injustice, health injustice, and injustice against immigrants, LGTBQIA communities, and people with disabilities, and are seeking candidates that are committed to this work.

Since our founding, A Better Balance has been working to value the labor of caregiving and to shift the debate over work-family issues from those that center the concerns of white, professional workers to a focus on the needs of low-wage workers and workers of color. We approach our work around the country with these values at the helm. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients, who are predominantly low-wage workers of color, and those most directly affected by our policy work. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers.

ABB is based in New York City and maintains a Southern office in Nashville, TN and offices in Denver and Washington, DC.

Our Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast United States, where poverty rates for women and families, particularly women and families of color, are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce. Pregnant workers across the South, especially in low-wage and physically demanding jobs are forced out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to keep working. Workers of color are the least likely to have access to paid leave and other critical workplace rights to help them to care for their families without risking their economic security. Our Southern work thus focuses on remedying these legal gaps by enforcement and education as well as working to pass pregnant workers fairness laws, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days laws across the Southeast and pushing back against policies that harm working families in the region including attacks on progressive local policies.

In New York, where we are headquartered, we have been leaders in many successful campaigns both in the city/state and across the country, including on paid family and medical leave laws, the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers across the country, pregnant workers fairness laws, which ensure that pregnant workers are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, caregiver and lactation anti-discrimination laws, and fair workweek laws. Following legislative campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of these laws, creating materials, doing outreach to low-income communities, and prioritizing representation of low-income workers of color who are being denied rights we helped secure.

 Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on:

  • Enforcing new pregnant workers fairness laws in the South including in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia; educating and empowering low-wage workers and communities of color about those laws;
  • Providing direct services to low-wage workers of color in particular industries or populations with uniquely Southern issues affecting working families;
  • Developing a mobile clinic to serve a particular population, such as an immigrant/refugee population; and/or
  • Public education and enforcement of existing federal legal protections, such as pregnancy discrimination, family & medical leave, and breastfeeding protections for working families in the South.
  • Addressing the needs of working parents who lack quality, affordable, and accessible child care

Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on education and enforcement of laws both in NY and elsewhere across the country, particularly as they impact low-wage workers and communities of color: 

  • Pregnancy accommodation laws;
  • Lactation laws;
  • Paid sick time laws;
  • NYC Fair Workweek Law;
  • Caregiver discrimination laws
  • Paid family and medical leave laws; and/or
  • Any long-lasting effects of COVID-19 and other related emergency employment laws (including national and state-level emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave laws (including leave for school closures), as well as anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions);

The NYC fellow could also focus on expanding laws and policies in the following areas:

  • Paid family and medical leave or paid sick time campaigns around the country;
  • Pregnancy accommodation campaigns around the country
  • LGBTQ work-family issues;
  • Quality, affordable, accessible child care
  • Defending local, progressive laws from state and federal interference (preemption); and/or
  • Other issues related to expanding work/family laws and policies in New York State and/or nationally.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree required by May 2021, bar admission in NY or TN by Fall 2021 strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, work/family law and policy, gender and women’s rights, civil rights, and/or advocacy for low-income populations and ending racial, gender, health, and economic injustice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Superior written and oral communication, advocacy, legal research, and analytic skills.  Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.
  • Comfort and familiarity with small non-profit environment, ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively, ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color.
  • Experience with the community you propose to serve a plus.
  • Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Haitian Creole, French, and/or Korean fluency are a plus.

Funding and Benefits

This position requires external funding. Flexible and supportive work environment, with generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; paid vacation, sick, and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply, please e-mail a resume, tailored letter of interest, a short writing sample, and two references with the subject line “2021 Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: careers@abetterbalance.org. 

 A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction, or any other factor protected by law.

 A Better Balance is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities or other medical needs. If you are an individual with a disability or other medical need and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@abetterbalance.edu.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Current 2L law students are invited to apply for a 2021 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) based out of our Nashville, Tennessee office. Current 1L law students should follow their law school’s guidelines pertaining to when they may begin applying for summer internships. Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB.

Organization Description:

A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Through policy work, strategic litigation and direct legal services, and public education, our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers, and advances fair and supportive workplace policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, predictable and flexible scheduling, and more. When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. We are also leaders in tackling the COVID-19 health crisis for workers by advancing stronger emergency and permanent policy measures as well as providing critical direct services and Know Your Rights public education. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender and racial justice in our work. Our free and confidential legal helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers and is a critical component to advancing our mission. The call volume to our helpline has spiked dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have provided thousands of workers with information about their rights related to sick leave, family leave, and workplace accommodations in the midst of this crisis.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and/or advocacy for low-income individuals
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills

Areas of work may include (depending on A Better Balance’s needs at the time of the internship):

  • Conducting legal research and writing to support A Better Balance’s policy advocacy, direct services, and/or litigation work
  • Conducting intakes with callers to A Better Balance’s free and confidential legal helpline
  • Assisting with drafting legislation and supporting materials
  • Drafting know-your-rights materials to support A Better Balance’s community education efforts and assisting with know-your-rights trainings for workers and/or advocates
  • Participating in legislator education efforts, campaign rallies, and/or public hearings to advance public policies benefiting working families
  • Other tasks as needed to support A Better Balance’s various advocacy efforts

 

Compensation:

Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB at a rate of $15/hour for up to 10 weeks (full time).

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2021 Summer Internship Application” to: Kameron Dawson, kdawson@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be sure to specify in your email and cover letter which ABB office or offices you are applying to (New York City, Nashville, and/or Washington, D.C.).

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

 

Current 2L law students are invited to apply for a 2021 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) based out of our New York City office. Current 1L law students should follow their law school’s guidelines pertaining to when they may begin applying for summer internships. Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB.

Organization Description:

A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Through policy work, strategic litigation and direct legal services, and public education, our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers, and advances fair and supportive workplace policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, predictable and flexible scheduling, and more. When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. We are also leaders in tackling the COVID-19 health crisis for workers by advancing stronger emergency and permanent policy measures as well as providing critical direct services and Know Your Rights public education. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender and racial justice in our work. Our free and confidential legal helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers and is a critical component to advancing our mission. The call volume to our helpline has spiked dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have provided thousands of workers with information about their rights related to sick leave, family leave, and workplace accommodations in the midst of this crisis.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and/or advocacy for low-income individuals
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills

Areas of work may include (depending on A Better Balance’s needs at the time of the internship):

  • Conducting legal research and writing to support A Better Balance’s policy advocacy, direct services, and/or litigation work
  • Conducting intakes with callers to A Better Balance’s free and confidential legal helpline
  • Assisting with drafting legislation and supporting materials
  • Drafting know-your-rights materials to support A Better Balance’s community education efforts and assisting with know-your-rights trainings for workers and/or advocates
  • Participating in legislator education efforts, campaign rallies, and/or public hearings to advance public policies benefiting working families
  • Other tasks as needed to support A Better Balance’s various advocacy efforts

 

Compensation:

Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB at a rate of $15/hour for up to 10 weeks (full time).

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2021 Summer Internship Application” to: Meghan Racklin, mracklin@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be sure to specify in your email and cover letter which ABB office or offices you are applying to (New York City, Nashville, and/or Washington, D.C.).

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Current 2L law students are invited to apply for a 2021 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) based out of our Washington, D.C. office. Current 1L law students should follow their law school’s guidelines pertaining to when they may begin applying for summer internships. Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB.

Organization Description:

A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Through policy work, strategic litigation and direct legal services, and public education, our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers, and advances fair and supportive workplace policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, predictable and flexible scheduling, and more. When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. We are also leaders in tackling the COVID-19 health crisis for workers by advancing stronger emergency and permanent policy measures as well as providing critical direct services and Know Your Rights public education. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender and racial justice in our work. Our free and confidential legal helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers and is a critical component to advancing our mission. The call volume to our helpline has spiked dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have provided thousands of workers with information about their rights related to sick leave, family leave, and workplace accommodations in the midst of this crisis.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and/or advocacy for low-income individuals
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills

Areas of work may include (depending on A Better Balance’s needs at the time of the internship):

  • Conducting legal research and writing to support A Better Balance’s policy advocacy, direct services, and/or litigation work
  • Conducting intakes with callers to A Better Balance’s free and confidential legal helpline
  • Assisting with drafting legislation and supporting materials
  • Drafting know-your-rights materials to support A Better Balance’s community education efforts and assisting with know-your-rights trainings for workers and/or advocates
  • Participating in legislator education efforts, campaign rallies, and/or public hearings to advance public policies benefiting working families
  • Other tasks as needed to support A Better Balance’s various advocacy efforts

 

Compensation:

Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB at a rate of $15/hour for up to 10 weeks (full time).

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2021 Summer Internship Application” to: Sarah Brafman, sbrafman@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be sure to specify in your email and cover letter which ABB office or offices you are applying to (New York City, Nashville, and/or Washington, D.C.).

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

2021 Local Democracy Spring Fellowship

Application Deadline: 11/25/20 (Accepted on a Rolling Basis, and Students are Encouraged to Apply as Early as Possible)

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) and A Better Balance (ABB) seek a dynamic law student for a Spring 2021 legal fellowship program. Fellows will work remotely.

About LSSC and ABB:

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) works across the country to reframe and respond to the misuse of state interference in local policy making in order to promote economic, social, and health equity. To meet that goal, LSSC deploys nonpartisan strategies and tactics to educate the public and policymakers about local policymaking authority and the abuse of state preemption (when states prohibit local regulations around a particular issue area). LSSC also works to repeal existing preemptive laws that stifle local innovation and prevent communities from addressing systemic inequities, support local officials and governments against attacks from the state or federal legislatures, and, where appropriate, proactively affirm and strengthen home rule. Recently, LSSC has increasingly been helping advocates and local decisionmakers understand the contours of local power in this COVID-19 era. LSSC is proud to support ABB’s Defending Local Democracy Project, this Local Democracy Term-Time Fellowship, and other legal partners and experts working to address the abuse of state preemption.

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for workers at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB works on the national, state, and local levels and employs a wide range of strategies—legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research and public education—to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, affirm the rights of LGBTQ workers, and support family caregiving. A Better Balance also works on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

The Fellowship:  The LSSC Local Democracy Spring Fellows, who will be housed at ABB, will assist LSSC and ABB in all aspects of the organizations’ efforts to defend local democracy from the misuse of state preemption. Areas of work will include:

  • Researching and drafting legal memos on questions related to home rule and local government, including analysis of local authority to enact policies in response to the coronavirus outbreak;
  • Assisting with drafting state and local legislation and supporting materials;
  • Drafting fact sheets, talking points, and other materials to support advocates around the country organizing to defeat preemption and protect home rule;
  • Tracking preemptive legislation; and
  • Participating in regular strategy and operations communications.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a J.D. program.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to local democracy, local government, work/family law, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, economic justice, and racial equality.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.

Compensation: Fellows will work 10-15 hours per week for 10 weeks during the spring semester of 2021 (start and end dates flexible). Compensation for the LSSC Local Democracy Term-Time Fellowship is $15 an hour. Applications will also be accepted from law students with external funding for a spring externship.

Application Instructions: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (in one combined PDF) with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] Spring 2021 Fellowship Application” to Dilini Lankachandra at dlankachandra@abetterbalance.org by November 25, 2020.

We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

A Better Balance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Classification: Part-Time, Exempt

Location: New York, NY

Reports To: Operations Director and Comptroller

Position

The Part-time Assistant Comptroller performs core data entry and data management tasks.  The organization’s Comptroller will train and supervise the Assistant Comptroller.  This is currently a part-time 2 day a week staff position.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Full charge bookkeeping knowledge and experience: meaning to possess training and experience in how to maintain financial, accounting, and fiscal ledgers and journals. Experience doing so in a small-staff environment will be considered a plus.
  • Core operations knowledge: meaning to possess a general understanding of and experience maintaining computer-based files, including vendor records and contracts. Experience doing so in a non-profit organization will be considered a plus.
  • Exceptional collaboration skills: meaning an ability to establish oneself as a trusted colleague and to develop procedures and take effective steps when needed, to meet fiscal and operational needs.
  • Critical and systems thinking: meaning a willingness to take on certain responsibilities as experience is gained and new assignments are given.
  • Personal/professional integrity: meaning demonstrated ethical judgement.
  • Analytics insight: meaning to have experience using information and technology to aid in marketing and development efforts.

Key Responsibilities

The Assistant Comptroller’s tasks and responsibilities fall into the following three areas affecting both operational and financial data:

  • General bookkeeping, administration, and insurance—responsible for: entering all accounts payable, tracking accounts receivable in both a donor system and an accounting system, as well as, updating the information reported in monthly payroll worksheets and monthly financial reports. Additional responsibilities include: assisting the Comptroller to actively manage the input, filing, and retrieval of general administrative information, including all manner of insurance.
  • Financial reporting and tax matters —responsible for: preparing bank reconciliations and internal financial statements for review by the Comptroller; providing all necessary backup for the preparation of annual audited financial statements, in conjunction with the Comptroller; and assisting the Comptroller in the preparation and transmittal of all necessary tax forms including IRS form 990. Additional responsibilities include: assisting the Comptroller to draft budgets for grants and for the Board; and to draft reports for funders regarding uses of funds.
  • Human Resources—responsible for assisting the Operations Director to maintain all personnel files.

Degrees and Certifications

Bachelor’s degree in finance, administration, or related field; extensive applicable experience or a master’s degree a plus.

Previous experience in a finance or accounting department; or experience as a fiscal manager; in either case having experience performing tasks and assuming responsibilities similar to those listed above.

Certifications and associations potentially a plus

Ability and willingness to work at a computer.

Ability to communication clearly and to comprehend written and oral instructions.  Experience documenting systems and procedures a plus. 

Compensation 

Salary commensurate with experience. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, and life insurance; flexible spending account; paid vacation, sick and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover-letter and resume with the subject line Part-time Assistant Comptroller to Lynn Levy llevy@abetterbalance.org and Rachel Sica rsica@abetterbalance.org Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A Better Balance is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About A Better Balance

Mission and Vision

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.

History

The founders of A Better Balance are a group of lawyers who successfully worked together on a variety of women’s rights and economic issues and recognized that, in order to assure women’s economic progress, we needed to change the American workplace to allow women (and men) to both work and care for their families.  When we started A Better Balance in 2005, much had been written about the barriers facing those struggling to balance the demands of work and home, but the conversation focused largely on these barriers as individual challenges, not systemic problems requiring public solutions. No legal advocacy organization focused exclusively on the problem, and there was little recognition that low-income workers were particularly disadvantaged in their efforts to provide care to children and other family members while earning enough to get by.  Since our founding, we have worked to improve the lives of workers, disproportionately women, facing the impossible choice of sacrificing their economic security or sacrificing critical time needed to care for family. We aim to make our society more equitable for women and their families by promoting and supporting policies that allow parents, especially women, to remain in the workforce without compromising the wellbeing of their families.

The Problem

The American workplace and U.S. 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.  ABB is dedicated to solutions to these problems.  We are committed to addressing these issues across class lines and with emphasis on particular groups most significantly affected by the failure of American policies.

 

A Better Balance Solutions

Legislate, Educate, Enforce.  Our overall goal is to keep women connected to the workforce, saving them from being pushed out because they become pregnant, need to take time to care for a new child, or have responsibilities for family members.

Work in states and localities.  We have focused our efforts in states and localities because they are the engines of change for work/family reforms, which drive demand for national solutions. ABB’s legal expertise and coordination across far-flung campaigns is critical to ensure that local victories are successful and contribute to, rather than detract from, the larger movement.

Importance of well-crafted laws and policies.  Our greatest strength is our extremely strong and experienced legal staff.  It is essential that the laws we help to enact be expertly crafted to address the problems they seek to address and able to withstand challenges from those who oppose expansion of rights for workers and women.  Coalitions throughout the country turn to us for that legal help, confident in our unique expertise.

Work with partners.  We have strong relationships with labor, public health groups, reproductive health groups, worker centers, low-income women’s groups, and with community groups both in New York and around the country.  Those groups look to us for help in crafting laws as discussed above.

Empower women to understand their rights and enforce them.  We believe strongly in public education not only as a powerful tool to ensure enforcement of the laws we enact but also as a way to empower women to become advocates for themselves and others. We are extremely proud of how our clients have become spokespeople for policy change. 

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