In the 25 years since the signing of the FMLA, federal law has been mostly stagnant while states and cities have been moving forward with stronger protections. Our new report, A Foundation and a Blueprint, lifts up the leadership of these innovative states and cities to light the way toward the workplace leave laws we need now.
The law will allow workers who work for employers with at least 15 employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. The HWFA also allows workers to earn “safe time”—time off to address situations related to domestic violence.
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 sex discrimination. Know Your Rights. Because knowledge is power.
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.
At today’s State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced several legislative proposals to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, several of which follow recommendations A Better Balance proposed during testimony offered last month before the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
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.
The One Fair Wage campaign is fighting in New York and nationally to eliminate the two-tiered wage system and raise the subminimum wage for those who work for tips in the restaurant industry to match the regular minimum wage paid to other workers.
When workers are forced to remain on-call even though they may not be required to work, or when they can be told their shift is cancelled hours before their reporting time, it makes scheduling their own lives impossible. Arranging childcare and transportation is a daily struggle.