The quest for balance between work and family has been a struggle since the dawn of work and family. All too few of us are out taking action on the issues that cause real change and matter to families. Recently, I had the opportunity to have lunch with Dina Bakst, the Co-Founder and Co-President of A Better Balance, “a legal team fighting to give American workers the time and flexibility they need to care for their families.” Rather than waiting for the President, the Congress, or any other politician to act, A Better Balance is leading the charge on policies that help families, such as paid sick leave, flex time, and pay equity.
Currently, A Better Balance is working on bringing paid sick leave to workers in New York City, so I decided to get more informed about the issue. Several sources estimate that over 1 million working New Yorkers, including 39% of public school parents, have no paid sick days to care for themselves, or their sick children. So, as we enter cold and flu season, a huge number of parents choose to send their sick kids to school rather than lose a day’s pay, or risk losing their jobs.
The New York City Council is considering the Paid Sick Leave Act, legislation that would
You can also send a letter the New York City Council by clicking here or you can call New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s at 212-788-7210 to register your opinion.