Today, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, along with several state legislators, introduced a bold proposal to confront New York City’s child care crisis.
In time for Mother’s Day, A Better Balance released a new report, “Long Overdue,” detailing the numerous ways pregnant workers are still routinely jeopardizing their health—and economic security—when denied medically necessary reasonable accommodations.
In New York City, there are laws that can help us when we or our loved ones are sick, when we need to care for our families’ serious health needs, or when we’re growing our families. We’ve been out and about meeting with people to present information about some of these different laws.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and take action against the widespread sexual harassment and violence in our communities. This month, we are partnering with the Bandana Project to lift up and support migrant farmworkers in their fight against rampant sexual violence on the job.
A Better Balance is proud to follow the lead of BMMA and their incredible partners in dismantling systemic racism and fighting for equitable policies and systems of care that allow all Black mothers to thrive.
If you work in New York City, two new additional laws also just went into effect, requiring employers with 4 or more employees to provide a lactation room for employees and to have a lactation accommodation policy.
Many of the racial disparities in our economy and workforce that Dr. King fought against continue to this day. A recent report reveals that the racial wealth divide in this country persists, and has in fact gotten worse since the 1980’s.
Delayed paychecks and reductions in government services are much more than just an inconvenience for many Americans. A Better Balance urges lawmakers to consider these effects and act responsibly to prevent any further harm to these vulnerable groups.
Although the PDA has had a significant impact in the first 40 years of its existence and presents opportunities for important litigation to advance the rights of pregnant workers going forward, it is clear that there is much more work to be done to advance the Act’s stated goal of allowing women to “assume their rightful place and make a full contribution to our nation’s economy.”
This week, we mark the 40th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a law we hoped would end pregnancy discrimination. While the law has been transformative in many respects, unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is shockingly still prevalent in American workplaces.