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Facing an uncertain future with resolve (and a new name!)

The health, safety, and financial security of low-wage workers are at greater risk than ever as the new administration threatens to unravel decades of civil rights and labor laws. Our New Year’s message to our dear clients, colleagues, board members, and friends is that we will not be deterred as we advocate for our clients. … Continue reading “Facing an uncertain future with resolve (and a new name!)”

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Even if you’re undocumented, you still have rights!

No one’s rights under federal or California law have changed as a result of the election. Here’s a PDF flyer we’ve created in Spanish, Chinese and English. (If PDFs are not accessible to you, you can also find it here.) The same text is below in English. The 2016 election didn’t change your rights under state or federal … Continue reading “Even if you’re undocumented, you still have rights!”

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Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is now Legal Aid at Work

If you’re reading this online, you’ve already found our new website. Welcome! Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center changed its name the first week of January to Legal Aid at Work. We’re entering our second century with a new look and sharpened branding. And we are raising the bar for disability access with a brand new website, built … Continue reading “Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is now Legal Aid at Work”

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Likely labor secretary nominee Puzder a ‘grave’ threat for working people

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for labor secretary raises a frightening specter for low-wage workers. Joan M. Graff, President of Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, spoke Thursday about what it could mean for low-wage workers in California and nationwide if Congress confirms Andrew F. Puzder, CEO of the company that operates the Hardee’s and Carl’s … Continue reading “Likely labor secretary nominee Puzder a ‘grave’ threat for working people”

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EEOC updates bias guidelines with input from LAS-ELC and coalition

The EEOC has issued the long-awaited final revision of its guidance on national origin discrimination, updating policies to address emerging issues in the workplace. At the urging national coalition of civil rights groups organized by LAS-ELC, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accepted extensive input from advocates who work with people—particularly recent immigrants—who have faced discrimination related either to their … Continue reading “EEOC updates bias guidelines with input from LAS-ELC and coalition”

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#ApprenticeshipWorks — Unless it maintains the pay gap

This National Apprenticeship Week, we applaud efforts to improve access to employment through apprenticeship programs, but we feel employers must aim higher to ensure that women benefit from these programs to the same degree as men do. Teresa Caponio was older than 50 when she entered a construction trade apprenticeship program. She had 16 years … Continue reading “#ApprenticeshipWorks — Unless it maintains the pay gap”

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Court approves settlement in home care workers’ class action against Kindred Healthcare

Alameda County Superior Court granted final approval on Oct. 7 of a $2.465 million settlement in a class action alleging that Kindred Healthcare Inc. and its affiliates didn’t pay personal care attendants required minimum and straight time wages and overtime premiums or give them meal and rest breaks when required or issue legally compliant paystubs. The class includes approximately 2,700 personal care … Continue reading “Court approves settlement in home care workers’ class action against Kindred Healthcare”

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A turning point in paid family leave: California measure has broad political and medical support

With unprecedented bi-partisan support, a bill that would expand parental leave to 2.7 million more of California’s working families is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), SB 654, the New Parent Leave Act, would extend six weeks of job-protected bonding leave to California workers at companies with at least 20 … Continue reading “A turning point in paid family leave: California measure has broad political and medical support”

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Worker’s Rights Clinic Opens in San Diego in Time for Labor Day!

We’re thrilled to announce that our collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law moved into high gear this week with the launch of a new Workers’ Rights Clinic — just in time for Labor Day! The new clinic expands access to free legal advice about employment for low-income workers. LAS-ELC now offers those services by phone … Continue reading “Worker’s Rights Clinic Opens in San Diego in Time for Labor Day!”

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