Written by A Better Balance’s team of top women’s rights and civil rights lawyers, The Working Woman’s Pocket Guide offers an easy-to-use list of resources and answers to pressing issues New York women still face in the workplace.
Low-wage women in particular need supportive laws and policies to help them stay on the job, free of harassment and abuse, earning the fair and equal wages they deserve. That’s why it’s crucial that, at a time when the Trump Administration is rolling back progress for women, New York is moving forward by enacting bold reforms that promote equality and help level the playing field.
“New Yorkers will no longer have to choose between caring for their families and their paycheck,” said Dina Bakst, co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance. “This is a profoundly historic moment in the fight for fairness and justice for New York families. "
Self-employed people are not required to participate, but can choose to opt in by purchasing insurance coverage. If you want to opt in, you should do so before January 1—if you wait, you’ll need to pay for insurance for two years before you can use your benefits.
Are you a New York worker who has a loved one serving on active duty abroad? If so, you may be eligible to take up to 8 weeks of paid family leave to address certain needs arising out of your loved one’s military service.
Todo el mundo deberia tener la oportunidad de usar tiempo fuera del trabajo para dar la bienvenida a un niño, o para cuidar de un miembro de la familia gravemente enfermo.
Adoptive and foster parents of any gender can take bonding leave at any point within the first 12 months after their child’s placement. This includes families who are welcoming children of any age.
Partisan gerrymandering strikes to the heart of our political process, making it harder for progressive advocates to make their voices heard at all levels of government. In Gill v. Whitford, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to defend local democracy, we hope that they will seize it.
New York’s new paid family leave law will give most people who work in New York State—including part-time workers—the right to take paid time off, without losing their job or their health insurance, in order to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or address certain military family needs
We believe that no worker should have to make the impossible choice between their job and their family. We want Latino/a workers to know that they have labor protections, regardless of their immigration status. We want them to be informed of their rights and feel confident asserting them.