Today, we launched Constructing 21st Century Rights For A Changing Workforce, a new series of policy briefs analyzing key issues in covering non-standard and precarious workers under paid leave laws. The first brief focuses on how paid family and medical leave laws can cover self-employed workers like freelancers and independent contractors.
Leigha Klopp was pregnant and working at Walmart. One morning, she woke up vomiting blood. She called the store to tell them that she was going to the hospital, on the advice of her obstetrician, and that she would need to miss work. When she returned for her next scheduled shift, Walmart fired her. We filed a class-action lawsuit against Walmart on behalf of Ms. Klopp and another former Walmart employee.
A Better Balance filed a class-action lawsuit today, challenging Walmart’s “no-fault” absence control policy as systemically violating the rights of women who need leave for pregnancy-related illnesses or medical care. The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of two former Walmart employees and is the first class action brought under New York's Pregnant Worker Fairness Act.
Massachusetts’s law will begin providing benefits in 2021 and will cover nearly all private sector employees. The law provides 12 weeks of job-protected paid family leave and is the first state in the nation to allow workers to take job-protected paid time off for their own serious health needs.
Despite the narrow decision, this case serves as a keen reminder that we must be vigilant as opponents of LGBTQ equality seek to use religion to discriminate and roll back the rights of LGBTQ people and families.
In a tremendous victory many years in the making, the New Jersey Senate passed the Earned Sick and Safe Days Act. The law will allow New Jersey workers to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Nearly all employers in New Jersey will be subject to the law, regardless of size.
As of April 1, the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is in effect, meaning that pregnant workers across the state will no longer have to choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy.
ABB just launched the Working Woman's Pocket Guide. Over the next few weeks, we'll break down each section of the guide. Today's blog focuses on your right to pump at work. Know Your Rights. Because knowledge is power.
States are stepping up to fill the gaps by providing job-protected leave to many workers left out of the FMLA. Some states have extended leave to employees of small businesses with less than 50 employees. Other states have reduced the duration and hours worked requirements in their state leave laws, while still others have done away with these requirements completely.
In his budget, Governor Cuomo offered a bold set of proposals to advance women’s rights, building on his leadership on women’s rights and commitment to level the playing field. Unfortunately, some of these proposals are at risk of getting cut from the final budget due to opposition from the New York State Senate.