With many schools, camps, and child care facilities closed, millions of parents are left making impossible choices between raising their kids and earning a paycheck. This is not an individual issue. This is a systemic issue. And Congress must act now to put systems in place to support working parents.
In reaching this decision, the Court adhered to its precedent, having found a nearly identical Texas law unconstitutional in the 2016 case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. This case is undoubtedly a victory, ensuring that those most impacted by these bans including low-income women, women of color, trans & non-binary people of color, and those in rural communities will retain access to critical services, but also serves as a reminder that we were only one vote away from precedent being overturned. More than that, attacks on reproductive health remain rampant.
June 19th marks the day in 1865 that Major General Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that enslaved people in the U.S. were freed, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Juneteenth has since become a popular annual day of reflection and a celebration of freedom and resilience within the African American community, particularly across the South.
A Better Balance is saddened and outraged by the ongoing, racist police and vigilante violence against Black people across the country, and we join Black leaders nationwide in demanding justice and meaningful reform. As we mourn for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many others, we join over 400 other organizations in calling on Congress to address the police killings and violence against Black people, and to swiftly pass meaningful police reform legislation.
In the midst of COVID-19, pregnant workers and new moms, especially those on the front lines or returning to workplaces as states re-open — deserve more than our gratitude this Mother's Day. They deserve better laws and policies, and, importantly, they need to feel empowered to advocate for their needs and rights. That’s why, day in and day out, we are supporting countless pregnant women and new moms facing uncertainty and fear as the pandemic rages by listening, taking action, and empowering workers to know their rights.
You're invited! Please join A Better Balance Co-Presidents Dina Bakst and Sherry Leiwant, with special guest U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, for a discussion of today's legal landscape for workers and families and the critical next steps we must take to ensure their protection, both during this crisis and beyond.
As the way we work continues to evolve, the number of people working in ways that do not fit within traditional employer/employee frameworks is likely to grow. Yet our laws have not caught up. As the way we work continues to evolve, the number of people working in ways that do not fit within traditional employer/employee frameworks is likely to grow. Yet our laws have not caught up. Though legislation has been introduced to extend additional coverage, the leading federal employment antidiscrimination law, Title VII, does not apply to independent contractors.
A high level federal court just issued an important decision for pregnant workers. The decision clarified that employers who accommodate workers with on-the-job injuries but deny accommodations to pregnant workers with similar restrictions must justify their actions in order to be in compliance with the law.
In 29 states and 5 cities, pregnant workers may be entitled to reasonable accommodations during this crisis, including personal protective equipment, the ability to telework, and time off if needed. But women in every corner of the country need and deserve these protections. Congress must also pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act without delay to ensure pregnant workers in every state can receive the accommodations to remain healthy during this crisis and beyond.
Workers everywhere are facing unprecedented threats to their economic security and their ability to care for themselves and their loved ones in these troubling times. That’s why we launched our COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick and Family Leave Legal Fund—so that we can support working families across the country who urgently need legal assistance and strong legal protections amidst this crisis.