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LAS-ELC Selected to Host Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellow

October 7, 2013

We are thrilled that, beginning in the fall of 2014, LAS-ELC will have the pleasure of partnering with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) to host and mentor a Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellow.More

Ruth Silver Taube Recognized for Service to Community

October 3, 2013

Ruth Silver Taube, LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney, was honored twice this past week - by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and by the Santa Clara County Victim Support Network - for her outstanding work on behalf of Californians in need of legal assistance.More

Welcome Lan Diep, Shartsis Fellow

September 26, 2013

We welcome our new Shartsis Fellow, Lan Diep, who will be supervising the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project in the South Bay.  He will provide community outreach and public education on rights in the workplace and will engage in limited representation on behalf of low income Vietnamese American workers in and around San Jose. More

Shira Levine Joins LAS-ELC as SPILF Fellow

September 26, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Shira Levine joins us today as a Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF) Fellow.  Each year, Stanford Law School awards Public Interest Fellowships to recent graduates who have a history of public service, who provide leadership within the law school, and who are committed to careers as lawyers in the public service.More

California's Minimum Wage Increasing to $10.00 by 2016

September 25, 2013

In a move that will greatly improve the lives of millions of low-wage workers in California, Governor Brown signed AB 10 today to increase the minimum wage.  The current hourly minimum wage rate of $8.00 per hour will increase to $9.00 per hour on July 1, 2014, and to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016.More

Gov. Brown Signs SB 770 to Expand Paid Family Leave

September 24, 2013

Today, Governor Brown signed into law SB 770, a bill authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to allow workers to receive Paid Family Leave benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law.  The new law will take effect July 1, 2014.More

U.S. Extends Minimum Wage & Overtime Protections to Home Care Workers

September 20, 2013

In a move that will benefit nearly two million home care workers in the U.S., the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will extend the minimum wage and weekly overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to home care workers providing in-home support services to persons with disabilities, including aging persons.

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Domestic Violence Employment Protections Bill Heads to Governor

September 12, 2013

Yesterday the California Legislature approved SB 400, a bill authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to provide employment protections to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. SB 400 now heads to Governor Brown, who has until October 13, 2013 to act on the measure.  Please take action today to show your support for this esssential piece of legislation.

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LAS-ELC, CAIR-SFBA Win Judgment Against Abercrombie & Fitch in Hijab Case

September 9, 2013

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and LAS-ELC today announced a legal victory in a lawsuit against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over the firing of a Muslim worker who refused to remove her religiously-mandated hijab (headscarf) as a condition for keeping her job.

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SB 770 Passes California Assembly

September 4, 2013

Today, SB 770, authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) passed through the Assembly with a final vote of 51-22. This bill allows workers to receive Paid Family Leave benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law. The measure, sponsored by Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), and supported by the California Work & Family Coalition, a project of Next Generation, would expand the definition of family to more accurately reflect the caregiving responsibilities of California families.

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