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The Demands of the Holiday Season Take a Toll on Working Families

With the holiday season underway and Christmas and Hanukkah around the corner, shopping for gifts and spending time with loved ones is top of mind for many. Unfortunately, as we’ve been hearing from our helpline callers, this time of year comes with increased hardship for many, especially for low-wage workers.

We Condemn the EEOC’s Decision to Roll Back Its Stance Against Forced Arbitration

In an alarming development for workers’ rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted this week to rescind its longstanding position that forced arbitration clashes with our nation’s civil rights laws. Forced arbitration—the practice of employers forcing employees to sign away their right to take their claims to court—allows corporations to get away with violating their workers' rights.

The Time for Paid Leave for All Is Now

Today marks the launch of Paid Leave for All: the largest-ever campaign to win an inclusive federal paid family and medical leave policy. We’re proud to be among the leaders of the Paid Leave for All collaborative—which includes dozens of state and national organizations—and fight for an inclusive paid family and medical leave policy that covers all working people and their families.

Working Families Need Paid Leave, Not A Loan: Why Congress Must Reject the Cassidy-Sinema Bill

The "Advancing Support for Working Families Act"—introduced this week by Senators Bill Cassidy and Kyrsten Sinema—is a harmful proposal disguised as “paid leave” that merely offers  a loan. By requiring parents to borrow from their future child tax credit in order to access funds, the bill would create a burdensome debt for working families, especially for low income households. 

Voices from the Clinic: Jessica

Given no explanation, and misled by her employer to believe that her freelancer title meant she was not eligible to receive any paid family leave benefits, Jessica reached out to ABB’s free and confidential legal helpline. We helped her understand her legal protections, including her right not to be terminated because she took leave under New York’s paid family leave law, and we coached her on how she could advocate for herself to her employer.

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Demand Better for Poultry Plant Workers

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to share a meal with family and celebrate those we care about. But it’s also an opportunity to stand up for the workers who process our food, who too often work in harsh conditions with low wages and little time off to care for their families and their own well-being.  

On Latina Equal Pay Day, Let’s Demand Intersectional Solutions to Closing the Wage Gap 

November 20 is Latina Equal Pay Day—marking the day Latina women had to work into 2019 in order to match what white, non-Hispanic men made in 2018. That means Latina women had to work nearly two years to make what white, hispanic men made in just one year. The gender wage gap has many root causes, but it’s important to recognize that the pay gap for Latinas is attributable to sexism, racism, and anti-immigration policies, a multi-layered burden that white women do not face. 

A Better Balance Applauds Colorado’s Proposed Rule Expanding Access to Overtime Pay

The proposed Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards (“COMPS”) Order would expand coverage to many workers who were previously excluded, including individuals employed in construction and manufacturing. The proposed rule will also set a salary threshold for overtime at $42,500 and adjust it up to $57,500 by 2026, ensuring that many more low-wage workers are entitled to overtime. 
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