Save The Date - Advocacy Day Scheduled for Tuesday, May 13 in Albany!
Join March of Dimes at the Hampton Inn & Suites for our morning program where you will learn all that you need to know in order to have a successful advocacy day!
Pose for a photograph with your fellow advocates in front of the New York State Capitol.
Meet with your legislators in the afternoon to discuss important legislation impacting moms and babies in New York.
Ready to register? Have questions? Please contact Caitlin Conner, State Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs, at 518-453-0474 or email@example.com.
Issue Highlight: Pregnancy Discrimination
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines pregnancy discrimination as "[...] treating a woman (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth". And there are federal laws designed to protect women against such discrimination. They include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A number of recent articles and reports have claimed that pregnancy discrimination continues despite the protections afforded by these laws. States and cities are beginning to respond to these shortcomings with new laws of their own. New Jersey amended its New Jersey law Against Discrimination earlier this year and New York City and Philadelphia both recently passed laws strengthening protections against pregnancy discrimination.
2014 - 2015 Budget Timeline:
- Completed! - The Division of the Budget sends Agency Call Letter to all agency heads. Agency heads submit budget requests that comply with instructions in the Agency Call Letter to the Division of the Budget.
- Completed! - Governor Cuomo presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature.
Next Step - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills. March of Dimes supports the below proposals and will advocate for their inclusion in the 2014-2015 enacted budget during budget negotiations.
- New funding for Nurse Family Partnership
- Revisions to New York's Child Health Plus program - elimination of 6 month waiting period and permanent extension of previously enacted income and benefit expansions
- Funding for municipalities to provide prenatal care to uninsured women
Next Step - Governor Cuomo reviews budget bills passed by the legislature – may use line item veto.
Next Step - Enacted Budget.
Join the March of Dimes advocacy network to receive occasional emails about key legislation important to moms and babies. The advocacy network is made up of volunteers and staff who promote the March of Dimes mission by contacting the governor and state legislators in response to New York Chapter action alerts. We need your help - every voice makes a difference!
Do you know who represents you in the U.S. Senate or the New York State Assembly? Find out by joining the March of Dimes advocacy network!
Visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/advocacy/actioncenter.html to register!
Did you know...
- According to the Center for American Progress, working women are primary breadwinners in more than 41 percent of families.
- Three-quarters of women now entering the work force will become pregnant while still working.
- The New York City Commission on Human Rights has filed 160 pregnancy discrimination cases since 2002. This does not include claims that were resolved before a formal complaint was filed.