While federal progress has stalled since the FMLA, states and cities have come up with innovative policies for filling in the gaps that persist. And we won’t stop fighting until all workers have a real right to the leave they need when they need it the most.
We’re proud to have worked closely with coalition partners to get this bill passed and will continue to push for progressive paid leave legislation around the country so that everyone can take the paid leave they need.
For answers to these and other questions about the law, check out the video here and see our brand new Worker’s Guide to New York Paid Family Leave, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to apply, a detailed FAQ, and sample language for how to address conflicts that may arise.
This is an exciting moment for our movement to honor care and support basic rights for all workers – in sickness and in health! It is a recognition that workers need time for themselves and their families and that government has a role to play in making sure that happens.
Although families are incredibly diverse, our laws and policies often define family relationships narrowly. In 2018 A Better Balance worked with partners across the country to ensure that all family members, regardless of biological or legal ties, would be covered by these important workplace protections.
This year has brought some major advances in state paid family and medical leave laws across the country. But we won’t stop fighting until all workers across the country have the paid family and medical leave they need.
Constructing 21st Century Rights for A Changing Workforce is a series of policy briefs analyzing key issues in covering non-standard and precarious workers under paid leave laws.
A Better Balance joined researchers and advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C., for Pathways to Gender Equality, a conference organized by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and American University’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics. The conference featured a wide range of economic and policy experts, including such leaders as former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
In 2016, New York passed a landmark paid family leave law, under which benefits began on January 1, 2018. This law presents a game-changing opportunity to improve the health of working families, but only if workers know about and can use their new rights.