Press Releases

LAS-ELC Urges Alameda County to Focus on Needs of Inmates With Disabilities

The California correctional system is at a crossroads.  Decades of draconian policies have led to unprecedented rates of incarceration, particularly of persons of color and persons with significant disabilities.  Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finding that overcrowded prisons violated the federal constitution, the Legislature and the Governor of California have decided to make structural … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Urges Alameda County to Focus on Needs of Inmates With Disabilities”

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DOL Interpretation of FMLA Allows More Workers to Care for Adult Children

LAS-ELC applauds the Department of Labor for acting to help workers care for family members in need.  In a new Administrator’s Interpretation issued January 14th, DOL clarified that parents may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to tend to an adult child with a disability who is incapable of self-care, regardless … Continue reading “DOL Interpretation of FMLA Allows More Workers to Care for Adult Children”

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Legal Aid Defends Law Protecting Applicants With Disabilities

In 2012, with the support of the American Bar Association, the California Legislature enacted AB 2122, a law requiring that the administrator of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) provide testing accommodations to test-takers with disabilities who need them, and to cease its practice of “flagging” LSAT scores achieved with accommodations.

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LAS-ELC Welcomes VABANC Public Interest Fellow

We are thrilled to announce that the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) has awarded the annual VABANC Public Interest Fellowship to the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and Betty Duong.  The Fellowship funds a recent law graduate to provide legal services and advocacy to the Vietnamese American community and other underserved, underrepresented … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Welcomes VABANC Public Interest Fellow”

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LAS-ELC Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Employment Rights of Gender-Based Violence Survivors

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is pleased to join with CALCASA and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence in co-sponsoring SB 400, introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). This bill will protect the employment rights of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.  If passed, California would join five other states (Illinois, … Continue reading “LAS-ELC Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Employment Rights of Gender-Based Violence Survivors”

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San Francsico Expected to Pass First-In-The-Nation Legislation Promoting Predictable Schedules for Hourly Workers

Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to pass the San Francisco Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance—legislation that will give at least 35,000 hourly workers in the city of San Francisco, who work for major chain-stores, the predictable schedules and regular pay they need to secure their families’ … Continue reading “San Francsico Expected to Pass First-In-The-Nation Legislation Promoting Predictable Schedules for Hourly Workers”

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Obama Acts to Protect Millions of Undocumented Immigrants from Deportation

The steps taken by President Obama to provide immigration relief to millions of deserving immigrants are steps in the right direction.

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S.F. Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Approve Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights

Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will give more predictable schedules and greater opportunities for full time work to restaurant and retail workers.

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Workers’ Rights Clinic Launches New Site in Davis

Together with the Center for Workers’ Rights, LAS-ELC has launched a new Workers’ Rights Clinic site in Davis. As the only clinic providing free legal services to undocumented workers within a sixty mile radius of Davis, this new Workers’ Rights Clinic site has already served 43 low-wage workers in its first four sessions.

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