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New CA Employment Laws Increase Protections for Workers

New at LAS-ELCJanuary 14, 2015

2015 is a big year for California workers, with over 30 new employment-related laws going into effect. Many of those laws will have a positive impact on the low-wage workers we serve, providing – among other things - paid sick leave, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and protections for unpaid interns and volunteers.More

LAS-ELC Assists Veterans in L.A. at Largest Ever “Stand Down”

New at LAS-ELCDecember 22, 2014

This weekend LAS-ELC provided employment legal services at the Los Angeles Stand Down for Military Veterans and their families, the largest "Stand Down" for homeless and hard-luck military veterans to ever take place in the country.More

Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

Press ReleaseDecember 22, 2014

For Immediate Release          
December 22, 2014

Cynthia Foster, Equal Rights Advocates, cfoster [at]
Sara Feldman, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, sfeldman [at], 415-593-0071

Mayor Lee Signs Equal Pay Ordinance, Advancing Gender Equity in San Francisco

New at LAS-ELCDecember 22, 2014

In a significant step forward for gender equity in San Francisco, on Friday Mayor Edwin Lee signed into law a local ordinance that requires companies that contract to do business with the city track and share data on pay equity. More

Did You Work at Pier 1 in California While Pregnant?

New at LAS-ELCDecember 19, 2014

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is representing Kimberly Erin Caselman, in a class action alleging Ms. Caselman was forced onto unpaid leave after requesting pregnancy accommodations at her job at Pier 1 Imports.   More

LAS-ELC Receives "Chairman Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service" Donation from Latham & Watkins LLP

New at LAS-ELCDecember 18, 2014

LAS-ELC is deeply honored to have received the first awardee-directed donation associated with the "Chairman Robert M. Dell Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service" from Latham & Watkins LLP, which will enable us to provide free legal services to even greater numbers of low-income workers facing urgent workplace problems. More

U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Decision Affirming California Law Protections for Undocumented Workers

New at LAS-ELCDecember 8, 2014

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Supreme Court of California's August 2014 opinion in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., which reaffirmed that, with few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy the same state law protections and remedies against workplace abuses as all other employees in the California workplace. More


Press ReleaseNovember 25, 2014

Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to pass the San Francisco Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance—legislation that will give at least 35,000 hourly workers in the city of San Francisco, who work for major chain-stores, the predictable schedules and regular pay they need to secure their families’ well-being.

Obama Acts to Protect Millions of Undocumented Immigrants from Deportation

New at LAS-ELCNovember 21, 2014

The steps taken by President Obama to provide immigration relief to millions of deserving immigrants are steps in the right direction.More

S.F. Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Approve Retail Workers' Bill of Rights

New at LAS-ELCNovember 20, 2014

Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will give more predictable schedules and greater opportunities for full time work to restaurant and retail workers.More