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As our communities are processing the election results, many are afraid of losing access to basic needs, being separated from loved ones, and experiencing further cultural isolation. Remaining connected to family during these frightening and uncertain times is critical. Family consists of more than the people we’re biologically or legally related to: our families are made up of the loved ones who share in our joys and who are there with us through our challenges.
Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, LGBT, LGBTQ, Arizona, Family Definition
It wouldn’t feel quite like Thanksgiving without the turkey. Getting turkeys from the farm to your plate is a complicated journey that involves the labor of a large number of hard-working people.
Tags: Poultry, Fairness in the Workplace
A Better Balance filed a class action lawsuit against the grocery store chain, Kroger, on behalf of Jessica Craddock, a Nashville, Tennessee worker who was pushed off her job and forced to take unpaid leave after Kroger refused to accommodate her during her pregnancy.
Tags: Tennessee, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Job applicants applying to work for the New York City government may no longer be asked how much they earned at their previous jobs.
Tags: New York City, equal pay, gender equity, women's equality
We've been fighting for change in the City of Florence, Kentucky for more than two years. Yesterday, a groundbreaking agreement
was announced between the United States Department of Justice and the City.
Tags: Kentucky, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination
On September 29 and 30, those charged with enforcing paid sick time laws around the country came together with advocates in San Francisco at a conference organized by the Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to share strategies and ideas for outreach, education and enforcement of paid sick time laws.
Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time
Postpartum depression is a serious condition that can leave new moms feeling sad, worried or overwhelmed. And it’s quite common—up to 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression, usually beginning between a week and a month after delivery. Other new moms may experience related mental health issues, such as postpartum anxiety.
Elder caregiving policies are garnering some much needed attention thanks to a new report
released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In the United States today, over 17 million people—about 7.7 percent of the population age 20 or older—provide unpaid care for someone age 65 or older.
Tags: eldercare, caregivers, Paid Family Leave
Over the past few years, the hourly work force has grown, especially in the service and hospitality sectors of our economy. Along with this growth have come serious problems with workers’ ability to control their schedules or even know what their work schedules will be.
Tags: ReliableSchedule, Schedules that Work, Seattle, Washington
A Better Balance client Candis Riggins and community advocate Armanda Legros, along with Co-President Dina Bakst, were featured on CNN as a part of Lisa Ling's "This Is Birth" series.
Tags: Walmart, Pregnancy, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Workers, pregnancy discrimination
Fast food workers – and many other hourly workers in America – often have no idea what their work schedules will be from one day to the next. Without certainty about work schedule, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to arrange child care, pursue education or generally manage one’s life.
Tags: New York City, Schedules that Work, Fairness in the Workplace, ReliableSchedule
This week, the Center for Economic and Policy Research released a new report
, which has received major press attention
, on the impact of the New York City Earned Sick Time Act
. Researchers Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman
surveyed employers around the city about the impact of the law, which went into effect
in April 2014. Contrary to opponents’ dire predictions, the survey found across the board that paid sick days have had no major negative consequences on businesses.
Tags: NYC, new york, Paid Sick Time, Paid Sick Days
On Friday, September 2, Equal Means Equal, a documentary that features Dina Bakst, A Better Balance Co-Founder and Co-President, and Armanda Legros, A Better Balance client and community activist, is opening. The film tackles the barriers to equality that women face in the United States.
Tags: women's equality, equal pay, gender equity
On Friday, August 26, A Better Balance is celebrating Women’s Equality Day! Though the fight for equality in the workplace is a continuing battle, great strides have been made in New York.
Tags: equal pay, Paid Family Leave, family status discrimination, PWFA, new york, NY, women's equality
Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which means that a black woman must work until August 23, 2016, in order to earn what a white man earned in 2015. That’s almost nine extra months of hard work. Last year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day was actually July 28th, which shows how much black women’s pay has deteriorated in only one year. Black women are now losing $21,937 each year from being paid only 60 cents to a white man’s dollar—a truly shameful statistic.
Tags: equal pay, Breastfeeding, women's equality, Paid Family Leave, PWFA
Low wages in the past can lock workers in to low wages in the future. That’s what happens when employers use past salary information about job applicants to set rates for a new position.
Tags: equal pay, women's equality, Massachusetts, NYC
Amid the school supply shopping and back-to-school jitters that signal the end of summer, August is the perfect time for working parents of kids in school to brush up on helpful laws that can help them manage the competing demands of work and family.
Tags: caregivers, Workplace Flexibility, Paid Sick Days
August is National Breastfeeding Month! What better way to celebrate than by reading up on your rights? Here’s a primer of federal and state breastfeeding laws for moms who want to keep breastfeeding when they head back to work.
Tags: Know Your Rights, Fairness in the Workplace, Breastfeeding
On July 30, 2014, workers in New York City were able to begin using their sick time under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act
. A Better Balance led the way
in fighting for this landmark law, which made New York City among the first jurisdictions in the country to guarantee workers the right to time off when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of medical care. Today, lawmakers around the country have followed in the footsteps of early leaders like New York City: five states and almost 30 localities
now have paid sick days laws on the books.
Tags: Paid Sick Days, Paid Sick Time, Domestic Workers
A Better Balance has long advocated for governments to serve as model employers by establishing family-friendly policies for their own workers. We closed out 2015 with a big win for paid family leave in New York City and are thrilled to see many other cities and counties following suit in the first half of 2016 by providing paid family leave for their own workforce.
Tags: new york, Paid Family Leave