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.
Join A Better Balance and partners for a webinar on Wednesday, March 18th from 10:00 – 11:00am PT / 1:00 – 2:00pm ET on State & Local Action on Paid Leave and COVID-19. The webinar will provide an overview of the recent federal action on paid leave related to the coronavirus and will explore what some states and localities are already doing with paid sick days and paid family and medical leave laws to respond to the coronavirus.
TIME writes: "At a time when there are more women than men in the U.S. workforce, Bakst says implementing fair work-life standards—including pregnancy accommodations, paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and quality affordable childcare—is more important than ever: 'It’s absolutely essential for gender equality and for our nation’s economic security.'"
Various federal, state, and local laws give certain workers who experience or are at risk of miscarriage the right to time off, to receive reasonable accommodations following a miscarriage, and to be free from discrimination by their employers because they have miscarried. This fact sheet will help you navigate your workplace rights if you have had or are at risk of having a miscarriage.
We invite you to join us on Monday, May 4th, 2020, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the beautiful Manhattan Penthouse to honor Jennifer Hyman, CEO, Rent the Runway, Chai Feldblum, partner at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning journalist, and Natasha Jackson, Community Advocate.
As the year comes to a close, we have many victories to celebrate! In just 2019, our work has had a major impact on millions of women, caregivers, and families.