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.
We must continue to advocate for inclusive workplace leave policies that address the unique health needs of stigmatized and disadvantaged communities including TGNC communities, so that everyone is able to care for themselves and their loved ones.
In 2014, the USDA rejected a proposal that would harm poultry workers and, as 40 organizations recently urged the Secretary of Agriculture, should do the same today.
It is necessary for New York State to continue being a leader on women’s rights issues by enforcing the rights women have in the workplace and educating both workers and employers about these laws.
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.
We’re fighting across the country for workplace laws that reflect and protect the diversity of American families. This commitment is especially important in June, a month where we celebrate LGBTQ individuals and families across the country.
This means that the Minneapolis and Saint Paul paid sick and safe time laws will take effect as planned.
In an exciting victory for working families, the Georgia Family Care Act was signed into law by Governor Deal on May 8, 2017, after passing the Georgia Legislature on March 23, 2017 with strong bipartisan support. The Family Care Act permits workers in Georgia who receive paid sick days to use that time to care for their family members in addition to themselves.
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.
Cross posted from The Diverse Elders Coalition Blog. By Preston Van Vliet, National Campaign Organizer of the LGBTQ Work-Family Project, a joint initiative with A Better Balance and Family Values @ Work.