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Take Action This Equal Pay Day

April 9, 2013

April 9th is Equal Pay Day, a chance to acknowledge the persistent income gap between men and women and to commit to doing something to close it.  Each year, Equal Pay Day is celebrated on the date that marks how much longer a woman must work to earn the same pay a man earned, on average, during the previous year.  In 2012, women in the U.S. would have had to work 15 months and nine days to receive a paycheck equal to what men doing the same job received in just 12 months.Read more

Bill McNeil and Fernando Flores in the Daily Journal: The Effect of Arbitration Agreements on Low-Wage Workers

April 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” processIn 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

Sharon Terman Talks Paid Sick Days with Public Radio

April 5, 2013

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

Mobile Workers' Rights Clinic Launched in Ukiah and Kelseyville

March 27, 2013

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.

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Ruth Silver Taube Now LAS-ELC Senior Staff Attorney

March 26, 2013

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

Elizabeth Kristen

Legal Aid Testifies Before EEOC on Quality Improvement

March 20, 2013

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.

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Clinic counseling

LAS-ELC and Partners Offer Workers' Rights Clinics in Ukiah and Kelseyville on 3/22 and 3/23

March 18, 2013

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 Clinic

Friday March 22, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
LSNC Ukiah Office 421 N Oak St Ukiah, CA 95482

Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
United Methodist Church, 3810 Main Street
Kelseyville, CA 95451


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WageHELP Recovers $1 Million for Low-Wage Workers

March 7, 2013

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). 

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Caregiver assistance

LAS-ELC Sponsors Bill to Expand Paid Family Leave to Cover Additional Family Members

February 27, 2013


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

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Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement for Nail Salon Workers

February 26, 2013

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.

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