Last week, ABB launched The Working Woman's Pocket Guide. Over the next few weeks, we’ll break down each section of the guide, starting with sexual harassment. Know Your Rights. Because knowledge is power.
Written by A Better Balance’s team of top women’s rights and civil rights lawyers, The Working Woman’s Pocket Guide offers an easy-to-use list of resources and answers to pressing issues New York women still face in the workplace.
At today’s State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced several legislative proposals to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, several of which follow recommendations A Better Balance proposed during testimony offered last month before the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
Low-wage women in particular need supportive laws and policies to help them stay on the job, free of harassment and abuse, earning the fair and equal wages they deserve. That’s why it’s crucial that, at a time when the Trump Administration is rolling back progress for women, New York is moving forward by enacting bold reforms that promote equality and help level the playing field.
“New Yorkers will no longer have to choose between caring for their families and their paycheck,” said Dina Bakst, co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance. “This is a profoundly historic moment in the fight for fairness and justice for New York families. "
Self-employed people are not required to participate, but can choose to opt in by purchasing insurance coverage. If you want to opt in, you should do so before January 1—if you wait, you’ll need to pay for insurance for two years before you can use your benefits.
A Better Balance was proud to be on hand at City Hall yesterday as Mayor de Blasio signed into law an expansion of New York City’s paid sick time law to cover domestic violence purposes and to expand the definition of family members for whom New York workers can take sick leave.