Labor Day is a day for celebrating the achievements and hard work of the American workforce. Working families are the economic backbone of our country, and our policies should support and value them accordingly: all workers deserve fair wages, safe work environments free from harassment and discrimination, and the time and flexibility they need to care for themselves and their loved ones.
We spoke with The New York Times Parenting for their recent guide to knowing and exercising your rights when pregnant and working. “Women need to know their rights and feel like they can take advantage of the law for it to be meaningful,” ABB Co-President Dina Bakst told reporter Robin Shulman. The piece highlighted our state-by-state guide to the legal protections available to expecting and new parents.
“I reached out to A Better Balance when I was confused about what parental leave I might be entitled to—my union had just agreed to opt-in to paid family leave, but no one seemed to have much information about how the program was going to work."
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.
This International Women’s Day please take a moment to learn more about how inclusive workplace policies that recognize the demands of caregiving can help our society maintain a better balance and strengthen communities across the country.
Through the hotline, we help New Yorkers find out if they’re covered under the law, what their rights are, and how to apply.
When she was around 6 months pregnant, she started inquiring about a private space where she would be able express breast milk, as she planned to breastfeed her child after giving birth. Her supervisors told her, “We’ll figure something out,” but never followed up with her.
This year, the benefit rate and the amount of time workers can take goes up. If your leave starts in 2019, you can take up to ten weeks of paid family leave and receive 55% of your average weekly pay, up to a cap of $746.41 per week.