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New Parent Leave Act passes state Assembly!

We’re thrilled to announce that SB 63 from Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), which we co-sponsored along with First 5 California and California Employment Lawyers Association, passed the Assembly today with bipartisan support. This bill will allow up to 2.7 million more California workers to take time to bond with their new children without fear of losing their … Continue reading “New Parent Leave Act passes state Assembly!”

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DACA is essential: Statement from Legal Aid at Work

The Trump administration’s action today ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, strikes at the heart of our democracy and the promise it holds for people around the world. Here is a statement from Legal Aid at Work president Joan M. Graff: “During this time of confusion and uncertainty, it is … Continue reading “DACA is essential: Statement from Legal Aid at Work”

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Legal Aid at Work Welcomes New Board Members

We welcome Professor Catherine Fisk and attorney Daniel J. Herling to our Board of Directors. As the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, Catherine Fisk teaches labor law, employment law, and employment discrimination, in addition to course on civil procedure, the legal profession, and the First Amendment. She also works with students … Continue reading “Legal Aid at Work Welcomes New Board Members”

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Equal rights to parental leave: A strong start for all children

Parental leave is associated with health benefits that last a lifetime. But not all California workers can be sure they’ll keep their job if they take parental leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted or new foster child. Join us at the California State Capitol, in the Eureka room, on Monday, August 28, … Continue reading “Equal rights to parental leave: A strong start for all children”

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Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky reviews Supreme Court term

Before a capacity crowd at our summer lecture on July 25, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law noted that the Supreme Court’s most recent term was unique. Two reasons that he cited come easily to mind: It was the “Term of 8,” he said, with a jurist missing most of the period; and there was … Continue reading “Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky reviews Supreme Court term”

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Eric Holder: ‘Legal Aid at Work has your back’

Legal Aid at Work – along with 800 other attendees – celebrated 101 years of putting justice to work at our annual dinner July 12. Highlights included a conversation with former Attorney General Eric Holder, who also presented the Mathew Tobriner award to the Hon. Thelton Henderson. [<a href=”//storify.com/legalaidatwork/legal-aid-at-work-annual-dinner” target=”_blank”>View the story “#NightofLAAW” on Storify</a>]

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Unemployment insurance appeal turns a couple’s life around

For a decade after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005, Jose Hidalgo worked full time in construction, supporting himself and his long-term girlfriend, Olivia; they had a nice home near Fresno, they bought a dog together, and they were building the life they wanted. But in just a few months — after Jose took … Continue reading “Unemployment insurance appeal turns a couple’s life around”

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Annual dinner this Wednesday

We are honored to celebrate justice — and the 101st anniversary of our organization’s founding — with the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson and former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this Wednesday, July 12, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Mr. Holder will be in conversation with Stanford Law Professor Pamela … Continue reading “Annual dinner this Wednesday”

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Paid Parental Leave: The right thing to do, the right way to do it

We co-hosted a great event on Thursday, June 9, where employers learned how they, no matter how small or large, could improve their employee retention by changing their family leave policies.  Speakers included Teresa McDade, director of work and life benefits at Microsoft; James Jarvey, people operations manager at Particle; Jennifer Piallat, owner of Zazie … Continue reading “Paid Parental Leave: The right thing to do, the right way to do it”

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