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Katherine Wutchiett Speaks CalMatters About How SB 951 Makes Paid Family Leave More Accessible to Workers with Low Incomes

Katherine Wutchiett said, "Until now, workers who couldn’t afford a 40% pay cut were being forced to keep working against their doctor’s orders, to work up until the day they go into labor, to leave ill family members without adequate care, and to return to work right after having a child. SB 951 finally ends this inhumane status quo.”
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Governor Newsom Signs New Law That Will Increase Paid Family Leave Benefits

Twenty years after California became the first state to offer paid family leave, Governor Newsom signed SB 951 into law to increase benefits, covering families that need to take time off work to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member.
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Richmond Confidential Highlights How SB 951 Can Make an Impact on Richmond Families

In the article, Katherine Wutchiett said, "If people can get 90% of their income, that will take us a huge step towards making sure that if people are sick, they feel like they can take time off to recover, or if they have family members who need support, that they can be there without having to balance out what impact it will have on their ability to pay rent or buy food or take care of basic expenses."
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Marisa Díaz Discusses the Need for DHS to Create Guidelines to Protect Immigrants Who Assert Their Workplace Rights

The article highlights a letter, signed by five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging DHS Secretary Alejandro Majorkas to establish a process to provide protections and work authorization for workers who stand up to assert their workplace rights. Marisa Díaz said, "For workers to take the risk to step forward and make that request to DHS, they need to have confidence that DHS has a policy in place and will consider granting these protections."
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Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 951 (Durazo) Propels California Back into National Leadership on Paid Family Leave

*Support for Pregnant People and New Parents is Essential to Reproductive Justice

Sacramento, CA – A broad coalition of more than 450 organizations today celebrated Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on SB 951, Senator Maria Elena Durazo’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to make Paid Family Leave (PFL) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) more accessible to California’s families. Twenty years after California adopted the nation’s first comprehensive paid family leave … Continue reading “Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 951 (Durazo) Propels California Back into National Leadership on Paid Family Leave”

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Assemblymember Kalra’s Bill to Protect Workplace Rights for CalWORKs and CalFresh Participants Signed by Governor Newsom

AB 2300 will protect CalWORKs and CalFresh participants from unjust sanctions

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, AB 2300, authored by Assemblymember Kalra, was signed into law by Governor Newsom. AB 2300 will prevent Californian workers from having to choose between the wellbeing of their families and their right to not be abused or harassed at work. “By equipping CalFresh and CalWORKs participants with the means to identify workplace … Continue reading “Assemblymember Kalra’s Bill to Protect Workplace Rights for CalWORKs and CalFresh Participants Signed by Governor Newsom”

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Fresno Bee Highlights Undocumented Workers and Allies that Organized Statewide Caravan to Urge Gov. Newsom to Extend Unemployment Benefits to All

As many bills are awaiting Governor Newsom's veto or approval, undocumented workers and allies, including the SafetyNet4All Coalition, which we're a part of, organized a two-day statewide caravan to pressure him to sign a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to all Californians. Millions of undocumented workers are ineligible for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status, despite contributing to billions in state and local tax revenues.
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CalMatters Highlights How Wage Theft Claims Remain Unpaid, Even After Workers “Win” Them

The article, which features the story of LAAW’s client Mayra Perez, discusses the many challenges workers face in collecting their lost wages even after the Labor Commissioner has awarded them money.
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Elizabeth Kristen Discusses How Title IX Protects Reproductive Rights on Campus

Elizabeth said: "You could certainly come up with scenarios where male reproductive care is fully supported and fully cared for by medical systems where the full range of female reproductive care is not, and that that could be seen as sex discrimination."
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