A Better Balance advocates for policy change to ensure all working people, particularly low-wage wage workers, have the ability to care for themselves and their loved ones, without sacrificing their economic security.
We are leaders in federal, state, and local campaigns to put a stop to pregnancy discrimination, to pass paid family and medical leave for all, to enact a national right to paid sick time, to support breastfeeding workers, to guarantee fair and flexible scheduling, to curb employers’ use of abusive attendance policies, and more. From conducting legal research to drafting laws to testifying before legislators to mounting fierce public advocacy campaigns, we work at every step of the way to enact supportive work-family policies and build a more just and equitable nation.
In 2022, after a decade of advocacy, we successfully passed the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and strengthened critical legal protections for pregnant and postpartum workers nationwide. We also played a leading role in passing the federal PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act.
By working with legislators and fellow advocates across the nation, from New York to Tennessee, from Colorado to Louisiana, we have passed a wealth of state and local policies, including paid family and medical leave programs in 14 states and paid sick time policies in 16 states and dozens of jurisdictions.
Our efforts have helped millions of individuals stay healthy and attached to their jobs with the supportive work-family protections they need. Because of A Better Balance’s advocacy:
- Tens of millions of workers in all 50 states are now covered by the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, so they can stay healthy and attached to the workforce during pregnancy and immediately after childbirth.
- Nearly 60 million workers who previously did not have a single paid sick day are now covered by a state or local paid sick time law.
- Over 40 million workers have access to paid family and medical leave in their state, allowing them to care for a new child or seriously ill family member or to recover from their own serious health condition.
- 9 million more workers now have a right to time and space to pump breastmilk in the workplace thanks to the federal PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act.