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Precarious Workers & Paid Leave in the Time of Coronavirus

The FFCRA's groundbreaking paid leave provisions provide essential protections to millions of workers, but a combination of statutory and regulatory exceptions potentially leave out as many as 106 million employees nationwide. For precarious workers who too often fall through the cracks of workplace protections, like temporary, part-time, and domestic workers, the law represents an unprecedented breakthrough with some significant and challenging gaps.

Victory: Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Minneapolis Paid Sick Time Law

Today marks a historic victory for workers and local democracy in the Twin Cities: Minnesota’s Supreme Court —the highest court in the state—affirmed the city’s authority to give workers the opportunity to earn paid sick time. Against the backdrop of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that workers are able to take time off to care for their health and that of their loved ones without losing wages, which is exactly what the paid sick time law allows for.

On Moms’ Equal Pay Day, We Demand Justice for Black Mothers

As advocates and activists across the country protest and organize against racism and ongoing police brutality and violence against Black people, we stand with our partners to demand justice for Black mothers this Moms’ Equal Pay Day. As recent events have laid bare, the racism embedded in our institutions threatens Black mothers’ health, livelihood, and lives. Our workplaces and the laws that govern them are no exception.

We Stand with Activists Across the Country to Say Black Lives Matter

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.

Justice for Workers: Our COVID-19 FAQ Series Can Help Workers Exercise Their Rights

Especially as governments lift stay at home orders, it is important for workers to know their rights. We have released a series of videos from our legal experts to help workers understand their rights when affected by COVID-19, so they will be empowered to exercise them. Please join us in sharing these videos with the hashtag #JusticeForWorkers.

Stories from Our Helpline: Workers Excluded from Federal Paid Leave Protections

Through our free legal helpline, we’ve been hearing from workers across the country who are facing economic insecurity and struggling to care for themselves and their loved ones due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides critical emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave rights for many workers during this pandemic—but too many workers, including those at large corporations, are excluded from the law.

Freelancer’s Guide to Using Your Paid Leave Tax Credit

In March, Congress passed a new law called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Among other emergency protections, the law creates new tax credits for freelancers and other self-employed people to compensate for lost income when you cannot work for certain coronavirus-related reasons. Here’s what freelancers need to know about how to access these credits.

This Mother’s Day, Help Us Empower New & Expecting Moms

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.
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