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Senate Bills 400 and 770 are headed to the Assembly Floor

August 30, 2013

On the cusp of Labor Day, we are excited to announce that today, Senate Bills 400 and 770, both authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and sponsored by LAS – ELC, passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  SB 400 prohibits employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and would provide for reasonable safety accommodations in the workplace.  SB 770 expands the definition of family under the Paid Family Leave Act, and would allow employees to use their PFL wage replacement benefits to care for a grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or parent-in-law with a serious health condition. Both of these bills have already passed through the Senate and are now headed to the Assembly floor for a vote.  Contact your Assembly representative to encourage them to support this critical legislation!


Final OFCCP Regulations on Disability Released

August 27, 2013

Today the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs – led by LAS-ELC alumna Patricia A. Shiu – issued final regulations interpreting the obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. 


Migrant Workers File Suit Against Largest Carnival Company in Western U.S.

August 21, 2013

Today, LAS-ELC and Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Center for Migrant Rights, or CDM) served Butler Amusements, Inc., a California registered business and the largest carnival company in the western U.S., with a lawsuit that was filed in federal court last month for violations of state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws.


LAS-ELC Awarded Grant to Advance Gender Equity in Sports

August 6, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that John and Terry Levin and The Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation of California have awarded a two year grant to Fair Play for Girls in Sports, a project of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. It will allow Fair Play to continue the important work of providing equal athletic opportunities to low-income girls so they may go on to thrive in the classroom and the workplace.More

Stand Down for Women Veterans in Long Beach, CA

July 19, 2013

Today LAS-ELC joined the California Women's Law Center to provide legal services to homeless women veterans in Long Beach, CA at the third annual Female Stand Down.  More than two dozen homeless women veterans sought legal assistance in just the first hour of the Stand Down.  Said one of them, "I feel blessed to have found these services today."More

Vance and Nassar Decisions Threaten Workers' Rights

July 2, 2013

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), extolled by FDR as perhaps “the most far-reaching, farsighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted here or in any other country.”  But rather than celebrating FLSA—the bedrock of modern employment law—workers’ rights advocates are reeling from two negative Supreme Court decisions that threaten to nullify some of the law’s key protections.  Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

June 28, 2013

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform won a big victory on Thursday when the Senate, by an impressive 68-32 margin, voted to approve S. 744, a bipartisan bill that provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Importantly, the legislation strengthens legal protections for undocumented workers who come forward to complain about violations of the labor and employment laws committed by their employers.Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

June 26, 2013

In a landmark 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  In U.S. v. Windsor the Court found that section 3 of DOMA, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional.Read more

Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action

June 24, 2013

On June 24th, the United States Supreme Court issued a long awaited opinion on affirmative action in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, but the ruling did little to change existing law with respect to the use of race as a criterion in university admissions.  In reality it was a non-opinion, as the Court sent the case back to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reevaluate its determination in light of the “doctrine of strict scrutiny.”Read more

Marsha Chien Critiques Rubio's English-Language Requirement Amendment in The Hill

June 24, 2013

In "The Hill", LAS-ELC Skadden Fellow Marsha Chien argues that the amendments to the immigration reform bill introduced by Senators Rubio and Fischer - which would exclude many immigrants from a path to legalization based on their languge ability - are "exclusionary, unprecedented, and unnecessary."Read the full article