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Events List

Spring Celebration

An evening to celebrate our accomplishments and honor extraordinary individuals who exemplify our ideals.

Master of Ceremonies- Ariana Debose


Woman of Achievment Award- Helen Neuborne

Distinguished Public Service Award- Mylan Denerstein

Community Advocate Award- Dena Adams

When: May 2, 2016   6:30-8:30pm

Where: Gansevoort Park Avenue, Park Lounge, 420 Park Avenue South, NYC

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Moving Families Forward: Reflections on a Decade of Change

Join ABB at New York University Law School for a conference to review our progress advancing the rights of working families, and help us carry our momentum into a new decade.

The struggles of working families, especially those with the fewest financial resources, have gone from being barely a blip on the national radar screen to becoming a regular part of our public discourse and fuel for a presidential campaign. A Better Balance helped to usher in this sea change—devising policy solutions, drafting legislation, and guiding advocates around the country to push for systemic solutions to the modern work-family push-pull. Now, in our 10th Anniversary year, we reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the work-family movement over the past ten years, and discuss what lies ahead.

When: March 7, 2016

Where: New York University Law School, Vanderbilt Hall

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This event has been approved for 2 CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice.  The credit will be both transitional and non-transitional and is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

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Take Root Conference

Please join us for Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice 2016, hosted by the OU Women's and Gender Studies Program Center for Social Justice, featuring keynote speaker Miriam Yeung of National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. For more information about the conference visit

Keynote Address: Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum
Closing Speaker: Monica Raye Simpson, Executive Director of SisterSong
Also featuring, Loretta Ross, Co-founder of the Reproductive Justice framework and of SisterSong
ABB's Elizabeth Gedmark will be there to talk about Making Paid Family Leave a Reality

When: February 26 & 27, 2016

Where: The WGS Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma

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Women's Health Day

Join A Better Balance, The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services, and Project Renewal to learn about your workplace rights and receive free women's health screenings.

Know Your Workplace Rights Workshop - 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Free Mammograms - 1:00 pm -5:00 pm

When: December 5, 2015

Where: 5306 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY

RSVP Required: Call 212-256-9036 

Free Lunch is Provided for Workshop Attendees.


"Maternity Leave: A U.S. and International Comparison"

Presented by The International Women's Rights and Employment and Equal Opportunity for Women Committees of the NYWBA, and the Cardozo Alumni Association CLE Committee

Join us at this dynamic and exciting program, which will review the status of existing law, discuss progressive domestic policy and advocacy efforts, and provide enlightening international comparisons from a distinguished group of speakers.


Julie Suk, Professor Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Sherry Leiwant, Esq. A Better Balance
Jillian Hunt, Esq. Novitex Enterprise Solutions

When: Thursday October 22, 2015,  6:30-8:30pm

Where: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law55 Fifth Avenue, NYC

RSVP: Register for this event before October 19th.

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Healthy and Free Tennessee Road Tour- Nashville co-hosted by A Better Balance

The Healthy and Free TN team will be visiting five cities across Tennessee in October – Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. We will join HFTN organizational and individual coalition partners and other community members to connect and discuss HFTN’s priorities and next steps. We also want to elevate and amplify the work of local partners and hear about the needs of the local community around reproductive freedom and sexual health. 

When:  Wednesday October 14th at 6:00pm

Where: Nashville Cares' office (633 Thompson Lane Nashville, 37204)

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Rutgers Celebrates Beijing+20: Gender Equality on the Twentieth Anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women

Speakers will address many critical areas from the Beijing Platform for Action, including violence, education, health, reproductive rights, the economy, human rights, and the girl child.

Conference proceedings will be published in a special symposium issue of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, a conference co-sponsor and the oldest legal periodical in this country focused exclusively on women’s rights law. Other conference sponsors are the Rutgers Women’s Law Forum and the Rutgers Law Kinoy-Stavis Fellows.

“Rutgers Celebrates Beijing+20” is the inaugural event of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and Policy, which supports interdisciplinary research, programming, and cross-sector partnerships enhancing gender- and sexuality-based equity.

Gloria Steinem will be the mid-day keynote speaker.


  • Mary Beth Hogan, Esq., Rutgers School of Law-Newark ’90, Co-Chair of Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP;
  • Professor Charlotte Bunch, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, and Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership;
  • Professor Victoria Nourse, Georgetown University Law Center, and Former Counsel to Vice President Biden;
  • Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Columbia Law School, Director of Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, and Co-founder of African American Policy Forum;
  • Andrea Bowen, Executive Director, Garden State Equality;
  • Julie Rikelman, Esq., Litigation Director, Center for Reproductive Rights;
  • Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief of Research and Data, UN Women;
  • Penny Venetis, Esq., Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Legal Momentum;
  • Lisalyn Jacobs, Esq., Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum;
  • Ruby White Starr, Chief Strategy Officer, Casa de Esperanza: National Latino Network;
  • Dina Bakst, Esq., Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance;
  • Fraidy Reiss, Founder, Unchained at Last;
  • Professor Lisa Ikemoto, UC Davis School of Law;
  • Professor Maya Manian, University of San Francisco School of Law;
  • Professor Rubab Qureshi, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Where: Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

When: Friday, September 25, 2015  8:30am to 6pm 

RSVP here: The conference is free but registration is required



2015 WIC Breastfeeding Celebration

Snacks • Prizes • Workshops • Kids Activities

Where: The Nashville Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue • Nashville, TN 37203  Vaughan Building

When: Friday August 14th, 2015  11:30am- 2:00pm


Hangout: Work Schedules That Work with Sherry Leiwant and Shawn Sebastian

Sponsored by the Shriver Center
Working 9 to 5? Hardly. Low-wage workers face unpredictable and unstable work schedules that make arranging child care or holding a second job almost impossible.  Join us as we talk to Sherry Leiwant of A Better Balance and Shawn Sebastian of the Center for Popular Democracy about efforts to control abusive scheduling practices.
Be sure to read their new Clearinghouse Article, Work Schedules and Working Families: Solutions to a Growing Problem.

When: Tuesday, June 23, from 1:00 to 1:30 pm Eastern/12:00-12:30 pm Central.

RSVP: To register and  join this free webinar, click here.


State Paid Family Leave Landscape Webinar

A Better Balance, National Partnership for Women & Families, Family Values @ Work, and IWPR have been excited by the interest in paid family leave throughout the country during the past year. We have been working with advocates in the states to help develop proposals.  Paid family leave in states without an existing temporary disability insurance breaks new ground and raises many questions about such things as funding, program structure and coverage.  Please join us to review the state policy landscape on paid family leave, discuss different policy proposals and hear from you about the kinds of tools, resources and models that would be helpful in planning for future policy campaigns.

When: Thursday, June 18 at 3pm EDT/12noon PDT

RSVP: To register and  join this free webinar, click here.


New York's Families Can't Wait: The Need for Paid Family Leave  Webinar

The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without paid maternity leave. This antiquated policy has disproportionate and devastating day-to-day consequences for New York's low-income families. In this webinar, local and national experts will discuss new data and research on how the lack of paid leave affects family economic security, physical health, and child development. The webinar will also explore the powerful, common sense solution pending in New York State -- and what it will take to make it a reality. 
Moderated by Dina Bakst. Co-President, A Better Balanace.
  • Deborah Kaplan, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant & Reproductive Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Nancy Rankin, Vice President for Policy, Research and Advocacy, Community Service Society of New York
  • Elizabeth DiLauro, Director of Advocacy, ZERO TO THREE
  • Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance

When: June 10, 2015 - 2:00-3:00pm EST

RSVP: To register and receive information on how to join the webinar, click here.


Spring Celebration

An evening to celebrate our accomplishments and honor extraordinary individuals who exemplify our ideals.

Master of Ceremonies 

Rikki Klieman


Beth Nash- Distinguished Leadership Award

Maria T. Vullo- Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award

Angelica Valencia- Community Advocate Award

When: May 4, 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Where: The Gansevoort Park Avenue, Park Lounge, 420 Park Avenue South

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Innovators in Public Policy Speaker Series:
Paid Sick Leave in New York City: Lessons from Passing the Earned Sick Time Act

Keynote: Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President 

Panel Discussion:
Alison Hirsh, Political Director, 32BJ SEIU
Emma Woods, Senior Associate, BerlinRosen
Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance

When: Thursday, April 30  9:00- 10:30 am
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 1501


Mayoral Forum on Issues Facing Nashville Women
Moderated by Patricia Glaser Shea, CEO YMCA of Nashville & Middle Tennesssee

Last month, the YWCA sent this request to each mayoral candidate:"To help us promote this unique forum, we would like to ask each candidate to make a brief “selfie” video and answer the question, “Are you a feminist, and why?” Please keep your response to 30 seconds or less."

Watch the videos here

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm CDT

Where: Lipscomb University, Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville TN

Register: Here


Webinar: The Modern Dad's Juggle
Presented by A Better Balance and City Dads Group 

Are you a modern dad? Are you sharing childcare responsibilities and domestic work with your partner? Do you worry about how your commitment to the home front will impact your career?

Learn from experts at a Better Balance about how employer policies and legal rules interact to offer support as you consider starting a family, paternity leave, flexible scheduling, and caring for sick kids.

Hear from management professor and author of The Working Dad's Survival Guide, Scott Behson, PhD, about how to tackle stigma on the job related to prioritizing family, and what resources are available to assist you in becoming your own best advocate in the workplace.

When: Friday, April 24, 2015 1:00-2:00pm EST

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27th Annual W.F.B. James, M.D. Symposium, 12th Annual Research Symposium
“Breastfeeding: The Original Organic Food”


Elizabeth Gedmark, Staff Attorney/ Director of the Southern Office, A Better Balance

Frances E. "Libby" Smith RN, PHN, DNP, Nursing Director Center for Women and Infants, University of Louisville Hospital

Kimberly Looney, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Meharry Medical College

Henry W. Foster, Jr., MD, FACOG, Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics and Gynecology

David Adamkin, MD Neonatologist, University of Louisville

When: Friday, April 10, 2015 7:30am -4:00pm

Where: Meharry Medical College, S.S. Kresge Learning Resource Center, Nashville TN

To Register: Call 615.327.6284


Free Webinar for Pregnant Employees: Getting Help at Work

Are you pregnant and working?  Do you need light duty, additional breaks, leave, or other accommodations?  Do you have questions about your rights and responsibilities? 

Join workplace experts Cynthia Thomas Calvert of The Center for WorkLife Law and Dina Bakst from A Better Balance for Getting Help at Work: The Employee’s Guide to Pregnancy Accommodation.  In this free webinar, they will guide you through the state and federal laws that protect pregnant women who need help at work and provide practical tips for making it easier to work while pregnant. Handouts and an opportunity to ask questions will be available.

When:  March 31, 2015    12:00 noon (eastern)  9:00 am (pacific)

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More information is available here.


 A Next Steps Summit on Kentucky Working Families

Hosted by Kentucky Equal Justice Center

The morning will feature a keynote presentation on paid sick leave by Elizabeth Gedmark of national resource group A Better Balance. After lunch and networking, we’ll get a facts-and-figures portrait of Kentucky working families from researchers Ron Crouch and Jason Bailey. We’ll then turn to a panel of Kentuckians from key sectors—policy makers, labor, women’s advocates—to reflect on what they heard and the mission going forward:
Rep. Sannie Overly, House Majority Caucus Chair 
Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO
Gretchen Hunt, Human Trafficking Advocate
Jeff Wiley, Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

Lunch will be provided

When: Thursday March 12, 2015 11:00am-2:00pm

Where: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 1640 Lyndon Farm Court #100, Louisville

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Law at the Margins: a Google Hangout

Law at the Margins Editor Chaumtoil Huq will be speaking with Phoebe Taubman, Senior Staff attorney at A Better Balance, Aneno Catherine, General Secretary of General Secretary of Uganda Textile, Garment, Leather and Allied Workers Union (UTGLAWU) and anamaria Segura, staff attorney at MFY Legal Services on the issues women face at the workplace in celebration of International Women's Day. 

When: Tuesday March 10, 2015 12:30pm EST

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"Know Your Rights": Pregnancy in the Workplace Lunch and Learn Event
 Presented by SisterReach and A Better Balance 

Speaker, Elizabeth Gedmark, will discuss strategies for supporting healthy working families by educating public officials regarding pregnancy in the workplace in order to improve pregnancy laws. 
Elizabeth Gedmark, J.D., is the Director of the Southern Office/Staff Attorney at A Better Balance.

Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Where: The Urban Child Institute, Conference Room 2, 600 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 - 2:00 PM

RSVP: to Tiffany Quinn at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 30th


US Department of Labor, Women's Bureau Webinar

Know Your Rights: Employment Protections for Pregnant Workers

The program will include an introduction by the Director of the Women's Bureau, Latifa Lyles, followed by three speakers. Sarah Crawford from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who will discuss the updated enforcement guidance and the EEOC’s stepped up focus on pregnancy protections. Melissa Josephs from the Chicago-based Women Employed will talk about the recent enactment of the Pregnancy Fairness Law in Illinois, the unanimous support it received from the legislature, and what they expect as the law goes in to effect. Dina Bakst from A Better Balance will discuss similar laws in place in Delaware, New York City, and other states and cities.

When: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 2:00-3:15pm EST

To register for the webinar: Please click here and use the password Welcome!23


Babygate: Policies on Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace

Please join the Vanderbilt Women Law Students' Association and the Labor and Employment Law Society as we welcome Elizabeth Gedmark, staff attorney and director of the southern office of A Better Balance, as she discusses her policy work promoting equality and expanding opportunities in the workplace through flexible workplace policies, ending discrimination against caregivers, and valuing the work of caring for families. She will also discuss her recent book Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace (coauthored with Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman) which provides pregnant women and parents in the workplace a useful tool for understanding their legal rights.

This event is open to the Vanderbilt community. Lunch will be served.

When: Friday January 16, 2015 12:00 to 1:00pm

Where: Vanderbilt Law School 131 21st Ave South , Nashville, TN 37203  Hyatt Room

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On The Road To Parenthood

The Families Center welcomes Attorney Jared Make of A Better Balance, a legal organization devoted to promoting fair workplace policy for sick leave, flex time and pay equity. Jared will discuss LGBT parents’ rights and provide tips on how to talk with your employer about work-life balance needs.

This group is for LGBT community members who are beginning to think about parenthood. Gather with others 
considering parenthood and share information. Drop-in.

When: Tuesday December 2, 2014 6:30- 8pm

Where: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 W 13 St, New York, NY 10011 

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A Better Balance at Teachers College

Join A Better Balance to discuss our new book BABYGATE: How to Survive Pregnancy & Parenting in the Workplace. We will also be discussing our new report The Pregnancy Penalty!

When: November 20, 2014 3:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Room TBD

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Mom Corps Webinar: Featured Guest Elizabeth Gedmark Babygate What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Parenting In The American Workplace

A must see-webinar where you'll learn about the rights and protections you have (and don't have!) as an expecting and new parent working in the United States. Get the information you need to protect your job and paycheck while caring for your family.

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the workplace for the 21st Century

Join New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer & A Better Balance for a forum on workplace flexibility and scheduling issues.

If we want to remain a global economic power, we must support policies that see family and work as complementary, rather than competing interests. 

Keynote address by New America President & CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter

Panel Moderated by Steven Greenhouse & Rachel Swarns from The New York Times

When: September 29, 2014 8:30am-12:00pm

Where: Baruch College/ CUNY  Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016

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ruleBabygate Book Launch

Join Feminist Press and A Better Balance to celebrate the launch of BABYGATE: How to Survive Pregnancy & Parenting in the Workplace--available now at!

Moms-to-be get tons of advice on strollers, sleep training, and post-baby workouts. What they don't get is straight talk about navigating the workplace during pregnancy and new parenthood--factors that put many women's jobs in jeopardy. That's why BABYGATE is essential: the first and only guide to supply parents with the tools they need to keep their jobs.

BABYGATE breaks down the laws on topics across the parenthood spectrum in clear, conversational language, and includes a state-by-state guide so readers know exactly how they're protected (or not) in their hometowns. Best of all, Babygate includes a road map for confronting family-responsibilities discrimination, and a concrete plan for creating a more family-friendly nation.

When: Monday, September 22, 2014  7:00pm

Where: Bluestockings Book Store, Cafe, and Activist Center  172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

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The Best Baby Shower & Breastfeeding Presentation by Julie's Village

A Better Balance will be on hand to answer questions about workplace rights for parents and the recently released Know Your Rights Guide Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy & Parenting in the Workplace.

When: Sunday, September 21, 2014  2:00pm- 5:30pm

Where: Lipscomb University's Allen Arena, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

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2014 Equal Justice University : Using Employment Laws to Support Working Families & Fight Poverty 

This session will provide an overview of state and federal employment laws that can benefit workers who are pregnant, parenting, or caregiving, such as sex/pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and family/medical leave laws, among other cutting edge legal theories. The session will use real-life examples and practical tips for those helping low-wage workers, as well as those assisting family members of workers who may need accommodations at work to provide care for their loved one. As a bonus, we will discuss potential avenues for advocacy to bolster laws and policies for working families and we will provide materials that you can pass on to your clients to empower them in the workplace.

Presenter:  Elizabeth Gedmark, A Better Balance Staff Attorney/ Director of Southern Office

When:  Thursday, September 11, 2014  4:00-5:00pm

Where: The Embassy Suites Nashville SE,  1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37219

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Webinar: The Fair Workweek: Advancing Equal Pay and Equal Opportunity in Your City

Women, communities of color and young people are increasingly employed in low-wage, no-benefit jobs in industries like retail, restaurants, and healthcare, which rely on large part-time workforces. These industries are shifting to just-in-time scheduling practices, which fuel massive under-employment and economic insecurity for workers. 
Workers who are already struggling often cannot predict their hours or pay, making it very difficult to attend school, care for family, or secure a second job. These harmful scheduling trends are depressing workers’ earnings, increasing family stress and hindering economic opportunity. 
A fair workweek is essential to addressing income inequality and ensuring equal pay and equal opportunity for the rising American electorate. We hope you can join us for a webinar on this exciting new policy agenda. Leading advocates and elected officials will present innovative local policy solutions for a fair workweek and provide strategies for municipalities to improve the lives of low-wage workers. 

Featured presenters include: 
Supervisor Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors 
Gordon Mar, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice San Francisco 
Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance 
Tsedeye Gebreselassie, Senior Staff Attorney, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) 
Liz Watson, Director of Workplace Justice, the National Women’s Law Center 
Moderated by: Carrie Gleason, Director of the Fair Workweek Initiative, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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A Congressional Briefing on the Schedules that Work Act and the launch of The Fair Workweek Initiative

in cooperation with U.S. Representatives George Miller and Rosa DeLauro

Having a voice in our work schedules is vital to the health and well being of all working families. Increasingly unpredictable and unstable schedules are particularly harmful to hourly workers' economic security and family well being. Come learn about this growing problem, and the Schedules that Work Act, groundbreaking legislation to achieve fairer work schedules that allow workers and their families to succeed. This event will serve as the launch of the Fair Workweek Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Center for Popular Democracy driven buy the leadership of women and communities of color, to change employer practices and achieve local, state and federal policies for and equitable 21st century workweek.


Carrie Gleason, Director of the Fair Workweek Initiative, Center for Popular Democracy

Worker leaders from OUR Walmart, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, and Wisconsin Jobs Now, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center United

Susan Lambert, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago

Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance

Jodie Levin-Epstein, Deputy Director, Center for Law and Social Policy

Paul Sonn, Legal Director, National Employment Law Project (NELP)


Liz Watson, Director of Workplace Justice for Women, National Women’s Law Center

When: Tuesday, July 22, 20142:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Rayburn House Office Building Building Room 2456

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In partnership with 9to5, A Better Balance, Center for Law and Social Policy, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Family Values @ Work, Gender Justice, Good Jobs Nation CTW, Jobs with Justice, Labor Project for Working Families, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, National Council of Women’s Organizations, National Employment Law Project, National Partnership for Women & Families, OUR Walmart, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Retail Action Project, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Taskforce on Older Women’s Economic Security, UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers, and Women Employed


Good News on Paid Family Leave : Political and Practical Lessons from New Jersey and California 

The New York legislature is now considering a bill that would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. Three other states have already passed similar laws and begun the process of providing benefits to workers caring for new babies or seriously ill family members. Join Demos for a discussion of the political and practical lessons New Yorkers can learn from the passage and implementation of paid leave in New Jersey and California.
The panel will mark the publication of “Business as Usual,” a report on the experience of employers with New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program.


  • Sherry Leiwant is co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance an organization devoted to expanding choices that enable men and women to care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.
  • Ellen Applebaum is a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. She has 20 years of experience carrying out empirical research on the effects of public policies and company practices on outcomes for companies and workers. Her book, Unfinished Business, Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work Family Policy, coauthored with Ruth Milkman, was published in November 2013
  • David Levine is the co-founder and Executive Director of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a growing coalition of business networks and businesses committed to advancing a new vision, framework, and policies that support a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable economy.
  • Sharon Lerner is a Senior Fellow at Demos and author of the newly released report, "Business as Usual: New Jersey Employers' Experiences with Family Leave Insurance".  She is a journalist who has covered work/life issues for more than a decade and the author of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Unfriendly Nation.

Where: Demos, 220 5th Ave, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

When:  Tuesday June 24th, 2014 8:00-10:00am 


Work Family Research Network Conference

"Opening Our Eyes to the 'Missing Persons" of Work Family Research:  A Cross Disciplinary Discussion of Low Wage Workers."


  • Julia R. Henly, University of Chicago

  • Jenny Hoobler, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Kristin Seefeldt, University of Michigan

  • Emily Stiehl, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Jennifer Swanberg, University of Maryland

  • Sherry Leiwant, A Better Balance

Where: Milleneum Hotel, 145 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

When: Thursday, June 19th 2014, 9:30am 


Spring Celebration

An evening to celebrate advancing the rights of working families and the individuals who have put our ideals into practice. 


Cynthia DiBartolo - Distinguished Leadership Award
       Chief Executive Officer
       Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
       Tigress Financial Partners LLC
Janice Goodman - Women's Rights Trailblazer Award

      Law Offices of Janice Goodman
Tom Nides - Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award
      Managing Director & Vice Chairman

      Morgan Stanley
Armanda Legros - Community Advocate Award

When: Monday May 5th, 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Gansevort Park Avenue, Park Lounge  420 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10016

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Special Training! Overview of the NYC Earned Sick Time Act and the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Learn the details of the Earned Sick Time Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act from the experts who led efforts to secure these new labor standards for working New Yorkers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act went into effect in January and the Earned Paid Sick Time Act will go into effect on April 1, 2014.

This training will provide you with answers to questions about these new laws as well as resources for further help.


  • Sherry Leiwant, A Better Balance

  • Phoebe Taubman, A Better Balance

  • Nancy Rankin, Community Service Society

Where: Community Service Society (New York, NY) 105 East 22nd Street Corner of Park Ave. South

When: Wednesday March 26th, 2014, 10:00am-11:30am

RSVP: Send an email to Migdalia Molina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your name, title, agency and phone number.

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Babygate: Surviving Preganancy and Parenting in the Workplace

An Educational Workshop with authors Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman

Come to learn about the rights and protections you as parents (and expectant parents) have and don't have in the workplace. Discuss with these experts how to navigate the workplace challenges that arise in seeking work-life balance and the steps neccessary to create more family-friendly policies for all.


Families at Work: Rights and Protections for Workers with Family Responsibilities (CLE)

This training will cover federal, state and local statutes that protect workers from discrimination based on family status, pregnancy and caregiver responsibilities. It will also cover legislation guaranteeing paid sick days for certain workers and other benefits.


  • Katherine Greenberg, Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society

  • Phoebe Taubman, Senior Staff Attorney at A Better Balance

  • Jared Make, Senior Staff Attorney at A Better Balance

When: Wednesday March 12th, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm

WhereLegal Services NYC - Central 40 Worth Street, Suite 606 New York, NY 10013 (Photo ID is required to enter the building)

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Free Training: New Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women and New Mothers in New York City!

Starting January 30, 2014, a new law will provide NYC workers with job modifications to accommodate pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. This may include time off for prenatal appointments, extra bathroom breaks, light duty to avoid heavy lifting, or unpaid leave to recover from childbirth.

Come learn more about how this exciting new law will benefit you, your clients, or your patients.

Find out how the law can help keep women healthy and on the job!

When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014  1:00-2:30pm  Lunch will be served

Where: YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 3rd Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11217

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"Unfinished Business" A Book Party

"Unfinished Business" documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States.  Drawing on original data from fieldwork and surveys of employers, workers, and the larger California adult population, Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum analyze in detail the effect of the state’s landmark paid family leave on employers and workers. They also explore the implications of California’s decade-long experience with paid family leave for the nation, which is engaged in ongoing debate about work-family policies.

Join Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum for a panel discussion of this important work and its implications for passage of Family Leave Insurance in New York State.

Wine & Cheese will be served. Please note that registration is required for attendance.

When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

Where: The Worker Institute at Cornell

              16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor, Room A, Manhattan, NY 10016

RSVP: Here


What Every Working Parent Should Know

Presented by Outten & Golden LLP's Family Rights and Disability Discrimination Practice Group and A Better Balance

November 14, 2013

Please Join us for a lunchtime conversation about the challenges parents face in the workplace and the laws that exist to protect parents.  Topics include: notifying your employer that you are expecting; using sick time to care for ill children; seeking flexible work arrangements, and ensuring equality for parents in the workplace.  Parents and their providers, including doctors, social workers, and educators, will all benefit from this prectical primer. 


  • Dina Bakst, A Better Balance
  • Amber Trzinski, Outten & Golden LLP

Lunch will be served.

When: Thursday November 14, 2013  Noon to 2pm

Where: Outten & Golden LLP   3 Park Ave, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10016

RSVP: by November 6th to Eileen Mercado:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Making Pregnancy Discrimination a Thing of the Past: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 35 & the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 1975/S 942)

Congressional Briefing Hosted by Senator Robert Casey, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congressman Jerry Nadler

October 30th, 2013


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 was an important step toward workplace equality for America’s women. However, thirty-five years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act became law, pregnancy discrimination continues to threaten the economic security of millions of pregnant women and their families – with potentially devastating consequences. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 197/S 942) would help end this discrimination and promote the health and economic security of pregnant women, their babies and their families. It is past time to make pregnancy discrimination a thing of the past.

  •  Peggy Young, plaintiff in Young v. UPS
  •  Cynthia DiBartolo, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce & CEO of Tigress Financial Partners, LLC
  •  Dr. Lin-Fan Wang, Physicians for Reproductive Health
  •  Rachel Lyons, National Partnership for Women & Families
  •  Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center
  •  Dina Bakst, A Better Balance

When: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013   2:00 pm

Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203

RSVP: please contact Amarillys Rodriguez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202.986.2600.


National Council for Jewish Women, JWRC Conference "Women Today - Aspirations for the Future"

Sunday October 27, 2013

The purpose of the conference is to explore issues challenging women today including pay equity, reproductive rights and day care services for children and adults. The morning will be devoted to speakers/panelists presenting accomplishments in these areas and the myriad opportunities and challenges that still face women. The afternoon will consist of workshops where commentators and attendees will generate ideas which may successfully assist in moving forward.


  • Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, Congresswoman, Brooklyn District Attorney - Keynote speaker

  • Minna Elias - NY Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney - Panelist

  • Honorable Angela Mazzarelli, Associate Justice NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division - Panelist

  • Stephanie Hill Wilchfort, Vice-President of Development, Lower East Side Tenement Museum - Panelist

  • Kelly Baden, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL - workshop leader Reproductive Rights

  • Dina Bakst, Co-Founder/Co-President, A Better Balance - workshop leader Pay Equity

  • Fran Dillon, LMSW, CSW, Clinical Social Worker/Therapist ­ workshop leader Day Care Services

To learn more about this event click here.

Where: 820 Second Avenue, 10th floor New York, NY 10017

When: Sunday October 27, 2013 10:00am -3:30pm

Cost: $45. per member, $50. per non-member

Reserve your spot by contacting  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


New York City Bar Event: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Gains, Losses and Next Steps

Thursday October 24, 2013

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act turns 35 this month. Since its passage, women have entered the workforce in record numbers and assumed positions of power in many fields. Yet pregnancy discrimination persists and new battles have arisen. Our distinguished panel will discuss the gains, losses and next steps from the perspective of the EEOC, a non-profit organization, academia and private practice.


Raechel Adams Supervisory Trial Attorney, EEOC

Dina Bakst Co-founder and Co-President, A Better Balance

Joanna Grossman Distinguished Professor of Family Law, Hofstra Law School

Carmelym Malalis Co-Chair of the Family Responsibilities & Disability Discrimination Practice Group, Outten & Golden LLP

Where: 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

When: Thursday October 24, 2013 6:30-8:00pm

Register Here


A Discussion with the Authors of Babygate 

Tuesday October 22, 2013

In Babygate, by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman and Elizabeth Gedmark, three legal experts share practical tips, real-life stories and key legal information to spotlight the protections expecting and new parents have (and don’t have) in the workplace. This guide covers everything from morning sickness and maternity leave, to confronting discrimination on the job. With a clear, often witty, interpretation of the law and various employment policies, the authors explain how workers can advocate for themselves and protect their jobs and paychecks while welcoming their little bundles of joy.

Join us to learn more and find out what's next in the movement for a more family-friendly America.

Where: The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street  New York, NY 10011

When: Tuesday October 22, 2013 6:00-8:00pm

RSVP: Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Babygate Talk with Elizabeth Gedmark

Thursday September 26, 2013

In Babygate, by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman and Elizabeth Gedmark, three legal experts share practical tips, real-life stories and key legal information to spotlight the protections expecting and new parents have (and don’t have) in the workplace. This guide covers everything from morning sickness and maternity leave, to confronting discrimination on the job. With a clear, often witty, interpretation of the law and various employment policies, the authors explain how workers can advocate for themselves and protect their jobs and paychecks while welcoming their little bundles of joy.

Author Elizabeth Gedmark will give a talk about the book, and sign copies, which will be for sale. Ms Gedmark is a Law Fellow at A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center.  This program is co-sponsored by Maplewood Library and Mothers & More.

Where :Maplewood Memorial Library,  51 Baker Street Maplewood, NJ 07040 

When: Thursday September 26, 2013 7:00- 8:00pm


Cheers to 20 Years! The Celebrate and Expand Family Leave Party

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Since President Clinton signed the federal Family and Medical Leave Act into law, guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for urgent family issues such as the arrival of a new child or serious illness of an aging parent, the law has been used more than 100 million times.  The FMLA was a huge step forward, but it was only a first step. New York's working families need paid family leave so they don't have to choose between their loved ones and their economic security. Therefore, the reception will also be a kick off for our campaign to make family leave insurance a reality for New York State!
The event is being sponsored by (list in formation) the NY Paid Leave Coalition, Working Families Party, A Better Balance, Community Service Society of NY, Demos, Family Values @ Work, MomsRising.Org, New York Civil Liberties Union, NY Society for Ethical Culture, New York State AFL- CIO, Organizing 2.0, Women’s City Club, and the NYC Central Labor Council

WhereCOLORS Restaurant (417 Lafayette Street NY, NY)

When: Thursday September 12, 2013 5:30-7:30pm



Webinar: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers: Training for Advocates & Policy Makers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lose your job or endanger your pregnancy.  That’s a choice no woman should ever have to make. Yet those workers who need temporary changes in their jobs because of pregnancy--especially women in low-wage and physically demanding jobs--are often forced to choose between losing their income and risking their health — even when their employer routinely makes accommodations for employees with disabilities or injuries. All too often, employers deny pregnant workers’ requests to stay off high ladders, sit on a stool during very long shifts, or honor a lifting restriction imposed by a doctor.
Join experts from A Better Balance and the National Women’s Law Center for a free online training webinar for state advocates, activists, and policymakers about the workers who need temporary job accommodations at some point during pregnancy and the federal and state policy solutions they need.
This webinar will feature both legal and policy experts, and will include.
  • What's working? Examples of state and federal policies that help pregnant women in the workplace
  • Findings from the new report “It Shouldn’t Be a Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers.
  • The current legal landscape and federal, state, and local policy recommendations
  • Talking points and messaging tips for taking action
  • Tips for building persuasive coalitions and engaging businesses to tackle this problem
  • A chance to ask experts your questions

Featured Speakers:
Dina Bakst, Co-President, A Better Balance
Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel, National Women's Law Center

Special Guest:
Cynthia DiBartolo, Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce; Chief Executive Officer, Tigress Financial Partners LLC

When: Tuesday, September  30, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

RSVP: To RSVP and get the information about how to join the webinar, click here.


Webinar: National Web Briefing & Strategy Session on the Paid Sick Days Movement

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The national movement to ensure paid sick days for all workers achieved major victories this year with the passage of laws in New York City and Portland, after recent victories in Seattle and Connecticut. Join Sherry Leiwant, Co-President of A Better Balance, elected leaders, grassroots organizers, and policy experts for a webinar to discuss the lessons they've learned from these fights and lay out a strategy for upcoming battles. Giving all workers the right to earn time off to take care of themselves or a sick family member is essential to supporting working families, protecting public health, and improving the quality of all jobs. In this webinar, we'll discuss: 

- How the campaigns in New York City and Seattle defeated their powerful opponents.

- How Florida preempted Orlando's campaign and what's next for the indefatigable advocates.

- Updates on campaigns for reform in numerous cities around the country.

- How the local campaigns around the country fit into a strategy for federal reform.

- What the polling evidence shows us about the popularity of these bills.

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Who: In addition to Sherry Leiwant, Co-President of A Better Balance, the webinar will feature: Councilmember Nick Licata (Seattle, WA and Chair of Local Progress); Councilmember Gale Brewer (New York, NY); Ellen Bravo (Family Values @ Work); Jon Green (Working Families); Vicki Shabo (National Partnership for Women and Families); Roxanne Stachowski (Rockefeller Family Foundation); Ricardo Valadez (Leadership Center for the Common Good); and Ady Barkan (Local Progress / Center for Popular Democracy) (Moderator)

RSVP: To RSVP and get the information about how to join the webinar, click here.


The Life-Work Balancing Act: Broadening the Conversation About our Workplaces

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The debate of work-life balance has hit the media waves again, mostly focusing on tips for white-collar and executive women on juggling family, job promotions and life. Sponsored by A Better Balance and the Women's City Club of New York City, this forum intends to broaden the conversation by examining the economic, cultural and social components of “balancing” life’s obligations. To learn more about the panelists and event, click here.

When: Wednesday, June 19th, 5:30-8:00pm

Where: Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
281 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010 (at 22nd Street)

Cost: $10 for Women's City Club members, $15 for Guests


Babygate: A Conversation with the Authors

Tuesday, May 22nd

Join us for a conversation with the authors of this new, insightful guide that serves as a roadmap to the tricky terrain that comes with being a parent in the American workplace. Learn about the rights and protection available for parents (and expectant parents) in the workplace and explore ways to navigate the challenges that arise in seeking work-life balance and the steps to achieve more family-friendly policies for all.

When: Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: The JCC in Manhattan (7th Floor - Beit Midrash)
334 Amsterdam ave at 76th st, New York, NY 10023

RSVP: For more information about the event, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.


Babygate Book Release Party!

Wednesday, May 15th

We are celebrating the launch of A Better Balance's new book, Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy & Parenting in the American Workplace. Babygate is an essential road map to the laws that involve pregnant women and new parents at work. The guide covers everything from morning sickness to maternity leave to confronting discrimination on the job, and it makes a great gift for the expecting parents in your life.

When: Wednesday, May 15th, 7-9pm

Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

RSVP: Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Women's Equality Agenda Briefing & Discussion: Westchester

Tuesday, March 19th

Join Dina Bakst, Co-Founder & Co-President of A Better Balance and Assemblymember Addie Russell, Chair of the Women's Issues Task Force for a briefing and discussion of the New York Women's Equality Agenda.

When: Tuesday, March 19th 6:30-8:00pm

Where: YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
515 North Street
White Plains

RSVP: Please register here


Women for NYC Paid Sick Days Rally

Monday, February 25, 2013

Please join us on Monday, February 25, 2013, for a paid sick days rally in New York City!  Women leaders from across diverse fields--elected officials, workers, business leaders, healthcare professionals, advocates and activists--will stand together to demand passage of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act.

Without paid sick time, women--especially low-income women with children and single mothers--face impossible choices between their economic security and caring for their personal or children's health. In a New York Times article last July, Gloria Steinem highlighted the importance of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act to women: "Ms. Steinem said that passage of the legislation would have a disproportionate benefit for women, both because they typically shoulder the burden of caring for sick children and because they are overrepresented in low-wage industries where workers often are not paid or are fired for absence.  'I’ve seen women lose their jobs, lose their apartments, and spend two years getting their kids back from foster care — all starting with a sick child,' Ms. Steinem wrote."

When: Monday, February 25, 2013, 11AM

Where: City Hall

Subway: #4, #5, #6 trains to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; #2, #3 trains to Park Place; R train to City Hall; C, A trains to Chambers Street. You can enter City Hall Plaza from either the west side at Broadway and Murray Street or the east side at Park Row. Please leave extra time for security.

More Information About the NYC Paid Sick Days Campaign: For background information and resources regarding the paid sick days campaign in New York City, head to this page of our website!

Other Ways to Stay Involved: For those of you in NYC, you can help out with the campaign, even if you can't make this rally! Please sign and share our petition calling on the Speaker to bring the NYC Paid Sick Time Act to a vote.


U.S. Reproductive Rights in 2013: A Critical Look at Where We Stand

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The 2012 election was full of references and rhetoric related to women’s reproductive rights. From whether birth control should be covered by Obamacare, to the attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, to the infamous “legitimate rape” statement by a congressional hopeful, women’s rights in the context of their reproductive freedoms was front-page news. Observers in New York City may find it hard to gain perspective on how reproductive rights issues play out in less liberal parts of the country. This forum will look at these issues in the national context, providing an overview of where we stand as a nation, with facts and figures, and an opportunity to discuss where these issues fit in the broader context of women’s rights, access to health care, and the march towards equality. Panelists will also discuss some recent “wins” for women’s rights in New York.

When: Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 12:25-1:50pm

Where: New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Click here to RSVP for this event.


Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance

Angela Hooton, State Policy and Advocacy Director, Center for Reproductive Rights

Ariela Migdal ’01, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project


Denise Tomasini-Joshi, Assistant Dean for Public Service, NYU School of Law

View this event on the web calendar.


New York City Paid Sick Days Rally: This Flu Health Emergency Calls for a Vote on Paid Sick Days!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Please join A Better Balance, health care professionals, elected officials, working families, and the paid sick days coalition for a rally on the steps of City Hall.  With the approval of 83% of New Yorkers, a veto-proof majority of the City Council in support, and a flu epidemic, it's time for Council Speaker Quinn to bring this bill to a vote!

When: Friday, January 18, 2013, Noon

Where: City Hall

Subway: #4, #5, #6 trains to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; #2, #3 trains to Park Place; R train to City Hall; C, A trains to Chambers Street. You can enter City Hall Plaza from either the west side at Broadway and Murray Street or the east side at Park Row. Please leave extra time for security.

More Information About the NYC Paid Sick Days Campaign: For background information and resources regarding the paid sick days campaign in New York City, head to this page of our website!

Other Ways to Stay Involved: For those of you in NYC, if you have been affected by the flu epidemic this year but don't have paid sick time, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story.


Roundtable Discussion About Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities in the Film and Television Industry

Friday, November 16, 2012

All Quiet! Kids on the Set: Ensuring a Balance Between Work and Family Responsibilities

New York Women in Film & Television is holding a roundtable discussion about balancing work and family responsibilities in the film and television industry, featuring speakers Dina Bakst, Co-President & Co-Founder of A Better Balance, and Ossai Miazad, an associate at Outten & Golden. Breakfast will be served.

The event will focus on the challenges of being mothers/parents in the industry; what employees and employers should know about pregnancy, motherhood, and parental rights discrimination; and human resources policies that employers should adopt in order to attract and retain more mothers/parents in the workplace.

When:  Friday, November 16th, 8:30am-10:00am

Where: Outten & Golden, 3 Park Avenue, 29th Floor 

Additional Event Information: Click here for event details.


Paid Sick Days Petition Delivery and Stroller March

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Better Balance and the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition are organizing a stroller march at City Hall on October 4th! Please join other parents, as well as elected officials and community leaders, as we deliver 50,000 petitions in support of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act to Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

If you haven't added your name to our petition yet, there's still time!

When:  Wednesday, September 19 at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

Additional Event Information: Stay tuned to our Facebook page for event details and updates!

More Information About the NYC Paid Sick Days Campaign: For background information and resources regarding the paid sick days campaign in New York City, head to this page of our website!


Paid Sick Days Panel at the New York City LGBT Community Center

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jared Make, Staff Attorney at A Better Balance, and Council Member Gale Brewer, lead sponsor of the NYC Paid Sick Time Act, will be speaking about the importance of paid sick days to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities on a panel at the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City.

When:  Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm.

Where: LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan

More Information: A flyer with event details is available on facebook.


Healthcare Professionals Paid Sick Days Rally

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Join doctors, nurses, medical students, healthcare professionals, and members of the NYC Paid Sick Days Coalition as we draw attention to the significant public health benefits of paid sick days. 

When:  Wednesday, September 19 at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

More Information: More information is available on the CIR-SEIU website.


Clergy and Community Leaders Paid Sick Days Event

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Join clergy, elected officials and community leaders from the NYC Paid Sick Days Coalition as we remember Felix Trinidad. Felix, a 12-year employee of a supermarket in Brooklyn, passed away this July following a battle with stomach cancer. Felix's employer did not offer paid sick days, and he was forced to work during chemotherapy because he could not afford to take a day off.

When:  Wednesday, August 22nd at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

More Information: A flyer with more information is available here.


Women for Paid Sick Days Rally

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Join elected officials, working women, mothers, doctors, nurses, teachers, community organizations, labor, restaurant, direct care, retail, business, early childhood, & senior groups to shed light on this critical issue!

When:  Wednesday, July 18th at 12pm.

Where: City Hall steps

Check out this flyer for details on the event.  To join the Campaign or to RSVP your attendance, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Family Leave Insurance Webinar

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The National Center for Children in Poverty will host a webinar on Family Leave Insurance. The event, "Family Leave Insurance in New York State:  Engaging the Early Childhood and Public Health Communities," will focus on the importance of family leave insurance for healthy development in early childhood.  We will also discuss strategies for engaging early childhood and public health research, advocacy, and policy organizations in supporting renewed efforts to win Family Leave Insurance in New York State.  The webinar will share research findings and action steps presented at NCCP's public forum held last April at the Ford Foundation.  Our distinguished panelists include:  

  • Donna Dolan, New York State Paid Leave Coalition  

  • Dana Friedman, Early Years Institute  

  • Sherry Leiwant, A Better Balance  

  • David Socolow, former commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development  

  • Lois Uttley, Public Health Association of New York City

When:  Tuesday, July 12, 2012 from 12:00-1:15pm

Click here to register, and learn more about the need for family leave insurance in our fact sheet on New York's bill.


Family Leave Insurance Campaign Launch

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Join elected officials, community organizations, unions, businesses, early childhood, women's and senior groups to launch the Family Leave Insurance campaign in New York State!

When:  Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 12:30pm

Where: LOB-Albany; LCA Room

Check out this flyer for details on the event, and learn more about the need for family leave insurance in our fact sheet on New York's bill. 


Family Leave Insurance and Pregnancy Accommodations Conference Call

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Join us to hear about two important bills that are being discussed in the New York State Legislature. Hear what other women’s organization in NY are doing about this and ask questions of the experts. Guest experts: Dina Bakst, Co-Founder & Co-President of A Better Balance, and Donna Dolan, Paid Leave Coalition of New York. Sponsored by the YWCA.

When:  Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 10:30am

Where: Call 1-877-567-1262 code: 455327#


Workers' Rights: Balancing Work and Family

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Calling all social service professionals!  Get the latest on key challenges facing low-income workers. 

When:  Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 9:30am-12:30pm

Where: Community Service Society, 105 East 22nd Street, NYC, Conference Room 4A

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.


New York Care Congress

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Caring Across Generations is a bold new campaign for quality care and support, and a dignified quality of life for all Americans, across generations. Care Congresses are town-hall dialogues to bring together everyday people in a new movement to create quality, dignified care for all.

When:  Wednesday, June 3, 2012, 1pm: Registration & refreshments; 2pm: Program begins

Where: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.


Women's Economic Roundtable

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This roundtable will focus on legislation currently proposed in the New York State Senate regarding pay equity, equal economic opportunities for women, health and reproductive rights, and protection from domestic violence.

When:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where: Albany, New York


A Better Balance Spring Celebration 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Join us to celebrate another year of advancing the rights of working families and the individuals who have put our ideals into practice. 

When:  Monday, May 7, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm

Where:  Gansevoort Park Avenue Park Lounge, 420 Park Avenue South at 29th Street

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.


Paid Family Leave Forum

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Better Balance is convening a forum with the National Center for Children in Poverty and the New York State Paid Leave Coalition, bringing together researchers, advocates, and stakeholders across the domains of early childhood, public health, and economic security to discuss and advance paid family leave.

When: April 25, 2012

Where: Ford Foundation, New York, NY

To receive updates about the forum including invitation, agenda, and panelist list, please contact:

Kalyani Thampi
215 West 125th St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10027
T: 646.284.9619
E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Join Us for an Equal Pay Day NYC Forum

Monday, April 16, 2012 10:45am to 12:30pm

Making Equal Pay a reality in New York! 6th Annual Equal Pay Day NYC

Special guest Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joined by political leaders, advocates and experts calling for stronger equal pay laws & policies. Panel moderated by NPR Host Maria Hinojosa.

Click here for additional information.

Where: NYU Law School, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South


Current Trends and Cutting Edge Issues in Family Responsibilities Discrimination Law CLE

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The Families @ Work Legal Clinic, co-sponsored by A Better Balance and Outten & Golden LLP, offers free consultations to low-income workers facing problems on the job related to their family responsibilities. Join us to learn about our clinic and how you can successfully represent pregnant women, working parents and caregivers in their workplace disputes.

Our panel will cover how federal, state and local laws can be used to protect family caregivers and how temporary disability and unemployment insurance impact pregnant women and new mothers. Case studies will highlight strategies for complex cases and tie together overlapping regulatory regimes.

Click here for additional information.

Outten & Golden, LLP, 3 Park Avenue, 29th Floor

Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 24th
Space is limited


New York City Paid Sick Time Campaign -- Press Conference with Healthcare & Policy Experts

Thursday, February 16, 2012, Arrive at 12:45pm for 1:00pm Press Conference

Please join A Better Balance and the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition for a press conference at Bellevue Hospital.  At the event, healthcare providers and policy experts will be highlighting new data showing that the NYC Paid Sick Time Act would provide millions of dollars in annual emergency room savings for NYC Hospitals.

Click here for a flyer with additional information (and here for a Spanish language version).

Bellevue Hospital, New York City

Assemble on the West Side of 1st Avenue near 27th Street.


Roundtable CLE Presentation on Work/Family Issues and the Law

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:30am to 10:00am

A Better Balance cordially invites you to a CLE to learn about cutting edge legal issues and trends including pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, family leave issues, the enforcement of the new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and more!

Click here for the program and additional information.

January 25, 2012, 8:30am to 10:00am

Morrison & Foerster, LLP
1290 Avenue of the Americas @ 51st Street, New York City

RSVP Required by January 23, 2012 to Jaclyn Stoll at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-430-5982.


Rally to Relaunch the New York City Paid Sick Days Campaign 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Meet at 11:30am for 12:00pm Rally

A million and a half working New Yorkers have no paid sick time to care for themselves or sick children. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, A Better Balance and the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition will hold a rally at City Hall to relaunch the paid sick time campaign. The coalition is larger, stronger, and more determined than ever to pass the NYC Paid Sick Time Act in 2012!

Click here for directions and additional details. For a flyer in Spanish, click here.

January 18, 2012, Meet at 11:30am for 12:00pm rally.

Steps of City Hall
New York City


Pay Equity Public Hearing

Monday, December 12, 2011 11:00am

Dina Bakst will be a witness at a public hearing on pay equity in New York State before Assmblymembers Keith L.T. Wright, Peter J. Abbate, Jr., Steve Englebright, Andrew D. Hevesi, and Ellen Jaffee.

December 12, 2011 11:00am

250 Broadway, Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th Floor
New York , NY 10010


Paid Sick Leave in New York City

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:30am - 11:00am

Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network (formerly the Welfare Reform Network) Presents:

Paid Sick Leave In New York City


Sherry Leiwant

Co-Founder & Co-President
A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center

One key challenge for New Yorkers in low-wage jobs is a lack of paid sick leave. Over a million people in NYC don't receive any, and we all suffer (both economically and health-wise) as a result. Our meeting on December 6th will feature a conversation on sick-leave legislation that is currently before the New York City Council, and outline how advocates can take action on this issue.

We'll also have updates on EJSWN Committee efforts, and other timely issues related to economic justice and income-security-related issues.

December 6, 2011 9:30am-11:00am

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
281 Park Avenue South (at 22nd Street)
New York , NY 10010


Domestic Workers Convention

Saturday, December 3, 2011 9:00am - 6:00pm

Join hundreds of nannies, housekeepers, & elderly caregivers to build our power for greater rights and respect! In 2010, New York domestic workers made history when we passed the nation's first Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights. We won basic rights and protections where none had existed. Now we must build upon our victory and raise the industry standards!

Convention Highlights:

Free Legal Consultations (by ABB and other legal organizations)

Workers Rights Workshops

Negotiation Tools & Techniques

Domestic Workers General Assembly

Guest Speakers & Door Prizes!

December 3, 2011 9:00am-6:00pm

New York Academy of Medicine - 2nd Floor Hall - Corner of 103rd Street & 5th Avenue


 Super Committee Action

Thursday, November 17, 2011 08:00am - 11:00am

Join the Caring Across Generations campaign. We will surprise members of the Super Committee at a fundraising meeting, then walk together to Capitol Hill for a People's Hearing with members of Congress. We'll share our stories and tell Congress that the 99% of us need jobs, not cuts to our care programs.

November 17, 2011 8:00am-11:00am

Meet at 8am sharp at Union Station, at the Metro stop that is closest to the outdoor eating tables (in front of the Chipotle). We'll do a surprise action at a congressional fundraiser, and then head over to the capitol together for a People's Hearing from 10:00-11:00am.


 Human Rights Webinar

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

The Human Right to Paid Sick Leave: How the human rights framework can advance campaigns for economic justice in the U.S.


Sherry Leiwant, Co-Founder & Co-President, A Better Balance

Virgilio O. Aran, Lead Organizer, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York

October 25, 2011 1:00-2:00pm

Please REGISTER for instructions on how to sign into the Webinar

Presented by the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center and the US Human Rights Network


 Work/Life Panel at Culture Center

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 06:30pm - 08:00pm

ABB's Phoebe Taubman will join a panel to discuss the personal and policy dimensions of work/life balance at an event sponsored by the Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Alumni Associations, and the Stanford University Women's Network.

October 20, 2011 6:30-8:00pm

Culture Center at 410 Columbus Ave, between 79th and 80th Streets


 Brooklyn Families Rock for Paid Sick Time

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 11:30am - 01:30pm

1.3 Million New Yorkers lack a single day of paid sick leave . . . we're about to change that.  
Join us for public action, arts & crafts, facepainting, balloon animals and a performance by Slavic Soul Party!

October 16, 2011 from 11:30am - 1:30pm

Greenwood Ball Field, corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 5th Street in Brooklyn


Fair Pay and Work-Life Balance

Thursday, October 06, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm

Progress and Pitfalls in the Effort to Achieve Fair Pay and Work-Life Balance

Join NY State Sentaor Liz Krueger, author of S. 5674, the Fair Pay Act, and a panel of experts as they explore the hot button issue of fair pay.  Learn about the "wage gap" that allows many people to be paid less than they should be for comparable work. Hear about the progress that has been made in the area, and the struggle many people still deal with as they try to achieve work-life balance.

Program Co-sponsorNYCLA's Women's Rights Committee and New York State Bar Association's Committee on Women in the Law (CWIL)

Dina Bakst
Co-President, A Better Balance; Leslie Kelmachter,President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, partner at The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm and author of A High Court (Very) Open to Business, published in the New York Law    Journal July 7, 2011;  State Senator Liz Krueger, author of S.5674, the Fair Pay Act

New York County Lawyers' Association, 14 Vesey Street, New York, NY

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