Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance, and Finding Joy, repeatedly recognizes the difficulties facing low income women and women of color and calls for public policy to address those needs In particular, she calls for many of the policy goals we fight for at A Better Balance, including: closing the wage gap, recognizing and protecting the diversity of American families, paid family and medical leave and paid sick time.
A Better Balance is proud to announce our new Family Leave Works campaign, which will raise awareness of New York’s groundbreaking paid family leave law through a comprehensive education effort, including a new website (FamilyLeaveWorks.org) and a free and confidential legal hotline in English and Spanish (1-833-NEED-ABB).
The New York law, which will begin providing benefits on January 1, 2018, initially guarantees the right to up to eight weeks of paid family leave and, when fully phased in, will guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. Workers can use this leave to bond with a new child, to care for a seriously ill family member, or to address certain military family needs around deployment. Workers will have the right to return to work following paid family leave.
As a leading member of the coalition that fought for and won paid family leave in New York, we are dedicated to ensuring that all New Yorkers get the tools they need to use their rights under the law.