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Immigrants at Work Twitter chat

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, @LegalAidatWork and co-hosts discussed immigrant workers’ rights, language discrimination, updating your Social Security number with your employer, experiencing harassment in the workplace, and more. [View the story «Immigrants at Work Twitter chat» on Storify]

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5 facts about undocumented workers’ rights

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, we are taking the time to acknowledge the rights of immigrants and undocumented people in the workplace. FACT 1: Undocumented workers enjoy almost all of the same rights as other workers under federal and California law. Health and safety laws protect all employees regardless of their immigration status. All … Continue reading «5 facts about undocumented workers’ rights»

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Meet our summer 2017 law clerks!

Each summer, Legal Aid at Work is fortunate to host about a dozen exceptional law students who contribute to all aspects of our work while also receiving training and an introduction to employment law practice. We’re increasingly impressed by the breadth of our summer clerks’ backgrounds and the depth of their commitment to the work … Continue reading «Meet our summer 2017 law clerks!»

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Lawyers discuss resisting executive orders at third summer lecture

Two lawyers discussed the challenges and rewards of opposing President Donald Trump’s executive orders during our final June lecture, on the topic “Strategies for Resistance by State and Local Governments.” Mollie Lee, deputy city attorney for San Francisco, described the “catastrophic” consequences of the possibility of San Francisco losing funding because it has declared itself … Continue reading «Lawyers discuss resisting executive orders at third summer lecture»

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Defending disability rights in workplace and education

The audience of our second summer lecture, “Defending Disability Rights in the Trump Era,” included people with disabilities, workers from disability rights centers, and people worried about the administration of President Donald Trump. “What does it take to have an equal opportunity?” said Arlene Mayerson, directing attorney at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. … Continue reading «Defending disability rights in workplace and education»

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5 Important Facts about Dads and Family Leave

We all know that every father plays an important role in his family’s health and well-being, and that it’s good for a father to take time off to be with his family when a new child arrives. But do you know how crucial it is? Fact 1: Fathers who take paternity leave are more likely … Continue reading «5 Important Facts about Dads and Family Leave»

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First summer lecture focuses on activism in Trump era

Three panelists kicked off our summer lecture series June 13 with discussion of how their activism has changed during the Trump administration. “This is a really exciting time in terms of legal connection with movement building,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente. “Cycles of organizing are happening so much more quickly.” Also participating in … Continue reading «First summer lecture focuses on activism in Trump era»

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Summer lectures kick off with talk about resistance

How can lawyers defend marginalized communities in the current political climate? How can diverse communities begin to take action? And how can they take advantage of larger coalitions and alliances? These questions and more will be answered during the first talk in our summer lecture series. “Resisting Together: Strength in Diversity” begins at noon on … Continue reading «Summer lectures kick off with talk about resistance»

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Parental leave expansion passes state Senate, heads to Assembly

California’s Senate has passed a bill to provide job security for millions more parents when they take leave to bond with a new child. We helped draft and cosponsored the New Parent Leave Act, SB 63, which state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced and championed. Other organizations promoting and cosponsoring the bill include the California … Continue reading «Parental leave expansion passes state Senate, heads to Assembly»

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