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2006

  • A Better Balance (ABB) is founded.
  • San Francisco voters pass first paid sick days law in the country.

2007

2008

  • New Jersey becomes second state to enact paid family leave.
  • Washington, DC, enacts paid sick days law, and Milwaukee voters approve paid sick days proposal drafted by ABB.

2009

  • ABB drafts New York City Earned Sick Time Act and rallies with supporters as it is introduced at the City Council for the first time.
  • ABB assists in legal defense of Milwaukee paid sick days law.
  • ABB launches Families @ Work Legal Clinic in partnership with Outten & Golden, to assist low-income New Yorkers with workplace problems related to pregnancy and caregiving.

2010

  • ABB receives inaugural Outten & Golden Public Interest Award, in recognition and support of our work advancing the rights of workers.
  • New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passes with support from ABB, which testified and advocated on behalf of the bill.
  • ABB helps to convene summit on work-family solutions for New England and publishes summit report, A Work-Family Agenda for New England & the Nation.

2011

  • ABB provides legal support to successful campaign for paid sick days in Seattle, WA, making it the third city in the country to enact paid sick days.
  • Milwaukee paid sick days challenge is won with ABB’s legal help, although a statewide preemption law is passed to overrule the Wisconsin courts and Milwaukee’s voters.
  • ABB releases report based on original data to examine the work-family challenges facing fathers.
  • ABB files friend-of-the-court brief in California Court of Appeals supporting state kincare law, which is ultimately upheld.

2012

  • Dina Bakst’s Jan. 30 op-ed in the New York Times launches national movement to pass pregnancy accommodation laws, and spurs introduction of the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which ABB helped to draft.
  • ABB and coalition partners re-launch campaign for paid sick days in New York City.
  • ABB collects more than 11,000 signatures for paid family leave in New York and delivers stories from constituents to Albany legislators, urging action.

2013

  • ABB is one of three organizations at the table to negotiate the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. The City Council overwhelmingly passes the bill and overrides the Mayor’s veto to provide an entitlement to paid sick time for 3.4 million working New Yorkers.
  • ABB publishes Babygate, the first-of-its-kind national guide for expecting and new parents about their workplace rights.
  • ABB’s advocacy on pregnancy accommodations, family status discrimination, and equal pay featured in New York Women’s Equality Agenda.
  • ABB issues a report on pregnancy discrimination with the National Women’s Law Center, It Shouldn’t be a Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers.
  • Rhode Island passes paid family leave bill, making it the third state in the country to guarantee paid time off for family care.
  • ABB advises San Francisco in passage of law enabling caregivers to request flexible schedules without retaliation.
  • ABB issues a report on LGBT rights and paid leave laws, entitled Time for a Change: The Case for LGBT-Inclusive Workplace Leave Laws & Nondiscrimination Protections.
  • ABB spearheads successful campaign to make New York City the first to enact fairness for pregnant workers.
  • With critical help from ABB, Portland, OR; Jersey City, NJ; and SeaTac, WA, pass paid sick days laws.

2014

  • ABB plays an integral role in strengthening and expanding New York City’s paid sick time law.
  • California, Massachusetts, San Diego, and Oakland, CA, and seven cities in New Jersey enact paid sick time laws, using ABB’s model. ABB provides critical legal support in the Massachusetts ballot initiative that passes overwhelmingly, making it the third state to enact a paid sick time law.
  • ABB opens southern office in Nashville, TN.
  • Under pressure from ABB and partners, Walmart upgrades policy for pregnant workers.
  • Feminist Press publishes second edition of Babygate, and ABB launches website version to break down the pregnancy and parenting laws in an easy-to-use, state-by-state, searchable format.
  • ABB co-authors a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting former UPS worker Peggy Young in her fight for pregnancy accommodations.
  • ABB helps five states and four cities enact pregnant worker fairness laws.
  • ABB launches LGBTQ Work-Family Project with Family Values @ Work.
  • ABB releases report on the Pregnancy Penalty, which is featured on MSNBC.
  • ABB worked with other national and state partners to draft the “Schedules that Work Act,” to address abusive scheduling practices. The bill is introduced in Congress with a thank you to ABB.

2015

  • ABB marks first anniversary of New York City Earned Sick Time Act, and celebrates distributing more than 10,000 copies of educational materials and fielding more than 175 calls from New Yorkers seeking information and help enforcing their rights.
  • ABB co-founders, Dina Bakst and Sherry Leiwant, awarded the 16th Annual Edith Spivak Award by the New York County Lawyer’s Association, for their efforts to defend and protect the rights of thousands of women.
  • ABB releases Investing in our Families, a report on the case for paid family leave.
  • With 24/7 support from ABB, Oregon becomes fourth state to enact paid sick days law. Five more cities, including Philadelphia, and one county, also join the movement using ABB’s model.
  • Nebraska, North Dakota, and Rhode Island enact pregnant worker fairness laws.
  • Key measures pushed by ABB to advance women’s equality pass in New York, including measures to promote equal pay and combat pregnancy and family status discrimination.

2016

  • ABB helps to usher in landmark victory as New York passes the strongest paid family leave law in the nation.
  • ABB marks its 10th Anniversary with a policy conference at New York University and release of report, Moving Families Forward: Reflections on a Decade of Change.
  • New York City guarantees six weeks of paid parental leave to city employees and enacts a law to prevent all employers from discriminating based on a worker’s status as a family caregiver.
  • Utah and Colorado enact pregnant workers fairness laws.
  • ABB honored to be included in Nashville Council on Gender Equality.
  • Millions of workers in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Monica, CA; in Minneapolis, MN; Spokane, WA; Plainfield, NJ; and in the state of Vermont gain new paid sick time rights.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Florence, KY, reach a groundbreaking agreement in response to ABB case filed on behalf of  two police officers, Officers Lyndi Trischler and Samantha Riley, who faced pregnancy discrimination on the job.
  • OxFam, with guidance from ABB, releases report about women working in the poultry industry, Women on the Line: A review of workplace gender issues in the US poultry industry.
  • ABB successfully helps to defend a ballot initiative we drafted guaranteeing all Arizona workers paid sick time resulting in its placement on the ballot and an overwhelming victory for the policy.
  • ABB releases new report, “Making Paid Leave Work for Every Family,” co-authored with Center for American Progress, Forward Together, and Family Values @ Work.
  • With tireless legal support from ABB staff, Washington, DC, passes paid family and medical leave.

2017

  • ABB files charge alleging caregiver discrimination against New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications on behalf of single mother.
  • Georgia passes the Family Care Act, which allows workers in Georgia who receive paid sick days to use that time to care for their family members in addition to themselves.
  • ABB along with the National Women’s Law Center and Mehri & Skalet, and Sedey Harper & Westhoff file nationwide class-action lawsuit against Walmart for failure to accommodate pregnant workers.
  • ABB publishes report “Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences,” which was featured in the New York Times.
  • Nashville, TN, passes paid family leave for Nashville Municipal Workers.
  • ABB files additional charges of disability discrimination against Walmart following “Pointing Out” report.
  • Massachusetts passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, becoming the 22nd state with explicit protections for pregnant workers.
  • Rhode Island becomes the 8th state to pass a state-wide paid sick days law drafted by ABB.
  • ABB joins the first New York State Council on women and girls.
  • ABB launches “Family Leave Works” campaign to raise awareness of New York’s groundbreaking paid family leave law, including a new website.
  • ABB supports “Work Strong Austin” as it launches a campaign to pass earned sick time in Austin.
  • Washington State passed a paid family and medical leave law.
  • New York City expands its paid sick time law to include a broader definition of family members for whom New York workers can take sick leave and to cover safe time, protections for workers dealing with the effects of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and stalking.
  • Walmart updates its pregnancy accommodation policy.
  • A Better Balance, the National Women’s Law Center, and Mehri & Skalet, LLC file, on behalf of Whitney Tomlinson, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge against Walmart alleging pregnancy discrimination.

2018

  • New York’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave Law begins providing benefits to millions of New Yorkers.
  • ABB launches a website and booklet, The Working Women’s Pocket Guide, a step-by-step guide to New York employment rights and protections.
  • Maryland becomes 9th state to guarantee paid sick days.
  • ABB releases new report, A Foundation and a Blueprint, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Austin, TX, becomes first southern city to pass paid sick time law.
  • Massachusetts’ Pregnant Workers Fairness Act goes into effect, legislation that ABB played a key role in drafting and advancing.
  • ABB stands in solidarity with XPO Logistics workers in Memphis, TN, challenging workplace conditions and harassment.
  • New Jersey becomes 10th state to pass the Earned Sick and Safe Days Act.
  • New York City’s expanded paid sick time law takes effect.
  • ABB and the Family Justice Network release a new report, Recognizing All Families to Expand Our Movements: Insights from the Family Justice Network.
  • Massachusetts passes groundbreaking paid family and medical leave law that ABB played an integral role in drafting and advancing.
  • ABB and clients featured in widely discussed New York Times cover story on pregnancy discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies
  • ABB joins Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Adaby as co-counsel in a pregnancy discrimination case against MoMA PS1.
  • South Carolina becomes the 23rd state to pass a Pregnant Worker Fairness Act.
  • ABB files a class-action lawsuit in New York state court alleging Walmart’s “no-fault” absence control policy discriminates against pregnant workers.
  • ABB launches Constructing 21st Century Rights For A Changing Workforce, a series of policy briefs analyzing key issues in covering non-standard and precarious workers under paid leave laws. Brief 1: Paid Family and Medical Leave & The Self-Employed, Brief 2: Paid Family and Medical Leave & Nonstandard Employees.
  • ABB files a lawsuit in New York state court against a donut shop for discriminating against a pregnant employee.
  • San Antonio, TX, becomes the second Texas city to pass a paid sick time law.
  • ABB, in partnership with WorkLife Law, publishes a state-by-state guide on workplace rights for nursing mothers, Talking to Your Boss About Your Pump.
  • Michigan passes Earned Paid Sick Time law.
  • California expands its paid leave law to provide paid benefits to workers so they can take time off to address needs arising out of their loved one’s military service.
  • Westchester County, NY, passes. paid sick time law.
  • ABB publishes a report, For the Health of Our Families: Engaging the Health Community in Paid Family Leave Outreach and Education.
  • ABB and the New York City Bar sponsor a panel, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 40 and the Continued Role of Lawyers.
  • XPO Logistics changed its policy around pregnancy accommodations, following months of public and legal pressure, including from our former client in Memphis, Tennessee, Tasha Murrell.
  • ABB expands its geographical reach and on-the-ground presence with staff in Colorado.

2019

  • New Jersey passses a broad expansion to its paid family and medical leave law, providing more time and pay to workers and adopting ABB’s model for an inclusive family definition.
  • Following our filing of a class action lawsuit, Walmart announced changes to its attendance policy that provide greater protection to pregnant workers.  (However, there is still more enforcement work to be done to ensure the policy fully protects the rights of all workers.)
  • The federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act is reintroduced in Congress.
  • Kentucky becomes the 25th state guaranteeing pregnant workers an explicit right to reasonable accommodations. 
  • The federal Healthy Families Act, which would provide U.S. workers with a right to paid sick time, is reintroduced in Congress. 
  • Dallas passes a paid sick time law, becoming the third jurisdiction in Texas to do so. 
  • ABB releases policy brief State of Our State: Women in the Workforce—released jointly with ThinkTennessee–highlighting the systemic barriers in Tennessee that prevent women, especially women of color and mothers, from achieving economic security.
  • ABB publishes a report, Long Overdue, with new findings about how our federal laws are failing to prevent pregnancy discrimination, and calling for a federal fix through the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. 
  • The federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is re-introduced in Congress. 
  • Maine becomes the first state in the country to require general paid time off for workers. We worked to ensure this unique law is available for sick time and protects workers from retaliation. 
  • Oregon passes the nation’s 26th law guaranteeing pregnant workers an explicit right to reasonable accommodations. 
  • Connecticut passes the nation’s eighth paid family and medical leave law, adopting ABB’s model for an inclusive family definition.
  • New York passes a sweeping set of gender equity measures, including stronger equal pay, sexual harassment, and breastfeeding protections. 
  • ABB releases an update to our comprehensive New York Working Women’s Pocket Guide
  • Oregon passes the nation’s ninth paid family and medical leave law, with full wage replacement for low-wage workers and our model for an inclusive family definition.
  • Colorado establishes a paid family and medical leave insurance task force with representation from ABB staff.  
  • The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania upholds the city of Pittsburgh’s authority to enact a paid sick time law, recognizing the importance of paid sick time in promoting public health.
  • Maine passes the nation’s 27th law guaranteeing pregnant workers an explicit right to reasonable accommodations.
  • ABB joins a coalition of advocates in Colorado to successfully reform the state’s minimum wage and overtime regulations.
  • Former ABB client Theresa Gonzales shares her story of being terminated just days after giving birth in a New York Times piece about the scarcity of protections for pregnant workers and new parents in the South. 
  • New York State releases report showing the success of New York’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave law—which ABB played a key role in passing—in its first year.
  • ABB releases Know Your Rights guide for dads and male caregivers in New York
  • ABB holds a Congressional briefing on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. ABB Community Advocate Natasha Jackson shares her story
  • The New York Times publishes our Letter to the Editor on why the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will increase women’s labor force participation in the South. 
  • ABB Co-President Dina Bakst testifies before Congress to call for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, highlighting the stories of women across the country who were forced to choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy.
  • Five cities in Georgia join Atlanta in passing LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. 
  • The federal Schedules that Work Act, which would put a stop to abusive scheduling practices, is introduced. 
  • ABB hosts panel at NYU Law School with Congressman Jerrold Nadler, champion of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, on eradicating pregnancy discrimination and other barriers to workplace gender equity.
  • Paid Leave for All, the largest-ever campaign to pass an inclusive, national paid family and medical leave policies, launches, with ABB as one of the leading members.

 

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