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NOW New York State

 

WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

Women comprise over 50 percent of the working population.

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Laws must reflect changing needs and support a woman's right to work. The workplace must become an environment where every worker's contribution is valued and where every worker has the same opportunity to advise according to her or his talents, abilities and skills.
 

NOW-New York State Supports:

Expansion of the availability of child care services to meet the different scheduling needs of women in the workplace.
Improvement in the quality of child care by providing training and setting professional standards for child care providers.
Expansion of current programs and creation of new programs to provide start-up capital and professional advice and services to women-owned businesses.
Legislation to require that all workers in New York State receive comparable salaries for jobs requiring similar levels of skills, training and education. Petition to Pass Pay Equity Legislation (pdf)
Increase in the minimum wage to $6.75/hr.
Requiring that all appointments to state commissions, task forces, boards and advisory committees consist of equal numbers of women and men.
Family medical leave for businesses with 15 or more employees with employer option of paid or unpaid leave and 24-month same job retention rights. Testimony by Marcia A. Pappas on Paid Family Leave
Amendment of the Human Rights Law to require private employers and educational institutions to establish policies and procedures against sexual harassment.
Legislation that prohibits discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation as it pertains to insurance availability, extent of coverage and cost.

More information on the issues of economic equity and the women-friendly workplace may be found at www.now.org.
 

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