A Better Balance was proud to be on hand at City Hall yesterday as Mayor de Blasio signed into law an expansion of New York City’s paid sick time law to cover domestic violence purposes and to expand the definition of family members for whom New York workers can take sick leave.
As Election Day approaches, you have the power to demand change from your elected officials and to fight for fair wages and better jobs, especially for low-income workers and workers of color. Ask your candidates where they stand on these three critical issues:
The New York City Council passed a landmark piece of legislation that will provide powerful new rights to 3.4 million workers by expanding the city’s sick time law. This marks not only an important step forward for New York City, but also an important victory for our national movement for inclusive workplace leave laws.
This report calls attention to some of the most pressing problems facing workers across the city today, with particular focus on issues affecting more vulnerable workers, including immigrant workers, undocumented workers, home care workers, and domestic workers.
If successful, Austin would join a nationwide momentum of cities and states passing paid sick time laws to protect workers, while becoming the first jurisdiction in the region to do so.
Beyond the political aspect behind these and other state-local conflicts, there is also an important racial justice element to the fight over minimum wage increases: since minority workers tend to earn lower wages, they stand to benefit more from minimum wage increases.
We are particularly pleased that this paid family leave is not only for parents, but will also include caregivers, making Nashville a leader in municipal paid family leave policies.
July 1st, is a significant day for millions of workers who will begin enjoying the protections of recently enacted workplace leave laws around the country. For low-wage workers who currently do not have a single paid sick day, these laws will ensure they no longer have to worry that catching a cold or taking a sick child to the doctor could mean not making rent or even losing their job.
This means that the Minneapolis and Saint Paul paid sick and safe time laws will take effect as planned.
Our testimony focused on proposed legislation that would impose requirements on city agencies to address gender and racial disparities within the municipal workforce.