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Statement of Legal Aid at Work President Joan Graff on the Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6

January 6, 2021 will go down in history as a day of ignominy and reckoning in our Nation. We saw the very heart of our democracy under violent attack by right wing rioters aiming to disrupt the orderly transfer of power to the duly and fairly elected President and Vice-President elect—Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. … Continue reading “Statement of Legal Aid at Work President Joan Graff on the Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6”

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Mary Jo Shartsis, 1942-2021

We mourn the loss of our cherished Board member and leader, who died on January 2nd, 2021. Mary Jo Shartsis, who was a litigation partner at Shartsis Friese for much of her career, was a force bringing vitality, energy, and vision to Legal Aid at Work and other institutions fortunate enough to have her involvement. … Continue reading “Mary Jo Shartsis, 1942-2021”

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Covid-19 Update: Legal Information for Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Many workers have questions about how the Coronavirus outbreak will affect their jobs and income.  For questions about how to get time off from work for reasons related to COVID-19 and income when you are not working (whether you are ill, caring for another, or have had your hours cut), tap the green button below … Continue reading “Covid-19 Update: Legal Information for Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic”

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Say Their Names: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn the transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been killed in 2020. As we remember these remarkable individuals, we also condemn the sweeping discrimination and violence facing the transgender community and Black and Latinx transgender women in particular. With the memories of those we have lost in mind, … Continue reading “Say Their Names: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020”

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Today is Latina Equal Pay Day!

Today, October 29, 2020, is Latina Equal Pay Day. This date marks the day when Latinas will have finally earned the same amount of money that a white man would have earned last year.  Because a Latina woman earns just 54.5 cents on every dollar a white man earns, it takes a Latina woman 671 … Continue reading “Today is Latina Equal Pay Day!”

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Honoring Intersex Awareness Day

Today, October 26, is Intersex Awareness Day. People who are intersex are born with variations in their sex traits or reproductive anatomy or develop variations at some point in their lives. The day commemorates a demonstration in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics on October 26, 1996, the first known … Continue reading “Honoring Intersex Awareness Day”

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California’s Expansion of Job-Protected Family and Medical Leave under SB 1383: 5 Things Workers Should Know

In a major victory for California’s working families, Governor Newsom recently signed SB 1383, which expands the California Family Rights Act to cover smaller employers and will ensure that millions of Californians can now access Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance benefits without risking their jobs. Below are five key things that every worker … Continue reading “California’s Expansion of Job-Protected Family and Medical Leave under SB 1383: 5 Things Workers Should Know”

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New Chatbot Explains Workers’ Rights to Leave and Pay During COVID-19

Legal Aid at Work and Generation Spark are happy to introduce a new tool: “Advokat,” an AI-powered computer chatbot program that can help workers determine how they can keep their jobs and income when they are unable to work during the pandemic. The COVID-19 health crisis has caused many California workers to ask, “Can I … Continue reading “New Chatbot Explains Workers’ Rights to Leave and Pay During COVID-19”

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Governor Newsom Signs Historic Family and Medical Leave Expansion Bill

We are thrilled to announce that Governor Newsom signed SB 1383, authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and championed by Legal Aid at Work. SB 1383 amends our state’s job-protected family and medical leave law, the California Family Rights Act, to cover all employers with 5 or more employees (down from 50) and aligns the definition … Continue reading “Governor Newsom Signs Historic Family and Medical Leave Expansion Bill”

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