Although results are still coming in nationally, the outcome of Colorado’s election is settled. We are thrilled to share with you that Colorado voters made history by overwhelmingly approving a paid family and medical leave ballot initiative, which A Better Balance drafted and helped to pass! Colorado now joins 8 states, and Washington D.C., that have passed paid family and medical leave laws—and Colorado is the first to have done so through a ballot initiative.
En la Ciudad de Nueva York y en el Estado de Nueva York, la ley de Ajustes por el Embarazo del Estado de Nueva York y la Ley de Equidad para Trabajadoras Embarazadas de la Ciudad de Nueva York ambas requieren que los empleadores proporcionen ajustes razonables – o modificaciones en los deberes del trabajo—con fin de ayudar a las trabajadoras embarazadas a mantenerse saludable y capaces de trabajar, a menos que sea una dificultad o un costo excesivo para el empleador.
¿Eres un trabajador en el Estado de Nueva York afectado por COVID-19? Si es así, usted podría ser elegible para tomar licencia por enfermedad de emergencia bajo la ley federal Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus o la ley de Licencia por Enfermedad de Emergencia del Estado de Nueva York. La ley de Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus (FFCRA, por sus siglas en inglés) otorga 80 horas de licencia pagada por enfermedad, para toda serie de propósitos relacionados con el coronavirus, a empleados a tiempo completo (y una cantidad de tiempo prorrateado a empleados a tiempo parcial).
La Ley de Licencia Familiar Pagada de Nueva York (“NYPFL” por sus siglas en inglés) le garantiza a la mayoría de trabajadores del sector privado —incluyendo a los trabajadores a tiempo parcial — que trabajan en el estado de Nueva York el derecho a usar tiempo pagado fuera del trabajo para vincularse con un nuevo hijo, cuidar a un familiar gravemente enfermo, o cuidar de ciertas necesidades familiares de miembros del ejército, sin arriesgar su trabajo o su seguro médico.
As Election Day rapidly approaches, voters across Colorado have the opportunity to approve an initiative — Proposition 118 — that will establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program. And there are several ways for you to get involved! Only 1 in 5 Coloradans have access to paid family and medical leave to care for a new child, recover from a serious health condition, or care for a seriously ill loved one. The pandemic has shown that this ballot initiative is needed now, more than ever.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic took root in the U.S. in March, federal, state, and local officials have sought to enact legislative solutions to help the nation through this unfathomable crisis. A Better Balance has been working at every level of government to advance policies, including COVID-19 emergency paid leave laws, to ensure that workers aren’t forced to choose—during a pandemic and national crisis—between their personal or family health and their jobs. Around the country, momentum continues to grow for emergency paid sick leave, and we’re proud to share a number of new victories.
Starting October 1, 2020, Tennesseans who are working while pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or who need to express breastmilk at work are protected under the law from discrimination. Tennessee law now gives workers an explicit right to reasonable pregnancy accommodations at work, so they can stay healthy and safe while continuing to earn a paycheck to support their family. Tennessee joins 29 other states in mandating fairness for pregnant workers.
In early March as COVID-19 was just beginning to spread in the U.S., we listed the 7 states and 11 cities and counties that give workers access to paid sick time that can be used when their workplace or child’s school or place of care is closed for a public health emergency. Since then, and as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, an increasing number of jurisdictions have enacted emergency paid sick time laws. A Better Balance is tracking these emergency sick time developments nationwide.
Children across the country are headed back to school. Amidst what is an extremely challenging time for parents, and regardless of whether your child will be attending school in person, continuing virtual instruction, a combination, or an uncertain future, you may have questions about your workplace rights. Here are the 10 legal protections you should know about.
On July 14, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, which guarantees workers the right to earn paid sick time. A Better Balance was thrilled to play a pivotal role in the campaign. The victory in Colorado is especially significant given the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. Paid sick leave has been shown to improve public health, reduce the spread of contagion, and provide a critical safety net to workers who are struggling to make ends meet.