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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!More
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.