A Fair Work Week Is Coming to New York City
In May, New York City became the third city to enact a package of Fair Work Week bills to tackle abusive scheduling practices. New York City’s law which covers a large variety of practices that hurt workers focuses on two of the most ubiquitous and low-paying industries in the city—fast food and retail. ABB was deeply involved in drafting and steering these bills to passage. For fast food workers, these bills will require two weeks notice of schedules, allow for rest time between the last shift of the day and the first shift of the following day and guarantee first refusal to current workers when extra hours are offered by an employer. For retail workers, we are especially proud of Intro. 1387, which prohibits on-call scheduling for retail employees. This ground-breaking law will ensure that no retail workers have to hold their time open for potential shifts, lining up childcare, transportation, and other necessary arrangements to make themselves available, without any guarantee that they will get called into work or even be paid for their time. This is another sterling example of local government pushing ahead on progressive change despite a federal government in retrograde.
ABB Presents at New York State Perinatal Association Conference
Last week, ABB attended the New York State Perinatal Association’s 2017 conference in Albany, “Birth Outcomes Matter: Merging Research, Policy & Practice.” ABB Co-President Dina Bakst presented a training geared toward physicians on New York State’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, explaining that pregnant workers in New York have clear legal protections to help them stay healthy and on the job. The training included guidance on how to write an effective doctor’s note and other practical tips for physicians whose patients are facing challenges at work related to pregnancy. Bakst also explained how New York State’s new paid family leave program will work, once benefits begin on January 1, 2018.