Bill McNeil and Fernando Flores in the Daily Journal: The Effect of Arbitration Agreements on Low-Wage WorkersApril 5, 2013
On April 3rd the state Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sonic-Calabasas A., Inc. v. Frank Moreno and considered the preemptive reach of the Federal Arbitration Act as it relates to the ability of claimants to pursue their claim using the labor commissioner’s “Berman” process. In an article in the Daily Journal, LAS-ELC attorneys Bill McNeill and Fernando Flores explain that the court’s decision could potentially prevent workers from utilizing the accessible and affordable administrative forum, and could instead require them to participate in the costly and complicated arbitration process when their employers subvert basic labor protections.Read more
Senior Staff Attorney Sharon Terman was interviewed Monday, April 1st on Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk program about the recent nationwide spate of legislation guaranteeing paid sick days for workers. In the interview, Sharon explained the urgent need for paid sick days to ensure that low-wage workers are not at risk of losing a day’s pay -- or their jobs -- when they or their loved ones get sick. She went on to detail the ways in which such laws benefit public health, as well as employers, workers and their families. Read more
On March 21 and 22, LAS-ELC launched its first-ever “Mobile Workers’ Rights Clinic” (“MWRC”). Working in collaboration with One Justice, the Mobile Workers Rights Clinic brings free employment law counseling and information to low-wage workers in rural locations in California where they may not have access to legal assistance. The inaugural MWRC, staffed by law students from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, was held on March 21 in Ukiah and on March 22 in Kelseyville. Read more in the Ukiah Daily Journal.Read more
We are delighted to announce that Ruth Silver Taube has joined us as a Senior Staff Attorney, shifting from her prior role as Special Counsel. She will continue to oversee the Workers’ Rights Clinic in the South Bay; conduct outreach and education on human trafficking, equal pay, and disability rights issues; and to provide expert consultation on ERISA disability benefits. She will also now oversee outreach and legal service provision to Vietnamese American workers in the South Bay.Read more
Today, Wednesday, March 20th, Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Kristen testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about Legal Aid’s suggestions for the EEOC’s Quality Improvement Plan. In her testimony, Elizabeth described a number of ways in which the EEOC could improve its intake, investigation, and conciliation processes for low-wage, immigrant and underrepresented workers.
LAS-ELC's Mobile Workers' Rights Clinic is partnering with OneJustice and Legal Services of Northern California to provide two free legal clinics to residents of Mendocino and Lake Counties wanting help with issues relating to employment. Participants can meet with law students and attorneys to discuss a wide variety of work-related problems, including denial of wages, discrimination, and working conditions. Appointments are strongly encouraged but not necessary. Check out this article in the Ukiah Daily Journal for more information.
FREE Workers’ Rights Legal ClinicFriday March 22, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.LSNC Ukiah Office 421 N Oak St Ukiah, CA 95482Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.United Methodist Church, 3810 Main StreetKelseyville, CA 95451CALL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT! (707) 513-1026Read more
In just 18 months, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center has recovered over $1 million in backpay on behalf of low-wage workers through its Wage and Hour Enforcement Litigation Program (WageHELP).
The bill would allow workers to receive Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law. California’s PFL program, which is funded entirely by employee payroll deductions, was the first in the nation to provide partial pay to workers taking time off to care for seriously ill family members or to bond with new children. However, the law only covers leave to care for a parent, child, spouse, or registered domestic partner. See the complete press release.
San Mateo Superior Court Judge Marie S. Weiner entered an order today granting preliminary approval of a class action settlement reached between current and former employees of the popular San Mateo County based nail salon chain, Natalie Salon, and the owners and operators of the chain. Read the press release.Read more
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is pleased to join with CALCASA and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence in co-sponsoring SB 400, introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). This bill will protect the employment rights of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. If passed, California would join five other states (Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Oregon) with laws that protect survivors from discrimination and require employers to provide reasonable safety accomodations to victims while at work. Read the complete press release.