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Pressing social justice issues are focus of summer lecture series

We are pleased to announce the 34th annual Elizabeth J. Cabraser Summer Lecture Series at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. Grab your lunch, and come by! Starting Tuesday, June 7, and running weekly through Aug. 2 (except July 5), these conversations will address many of today’s most important topics in public interest law. MCLE credit is available for … Continue reading “Pressing social justice issues are focus of summer lecture series”

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Happy Birthday to LAS-ELC!

Legal Aid Society of San Francisco opened 100 years ago today, founded by the San Francisco Bar Association, Archbishop Edward J. Hanna, and Phoebe A. Hearst. Our first offices were in the San Francisco Examiner’s then-new building at Third and Mission streets, thanks to Hearst (pictured here and the mother of William Randolph Hearst). We are … Continue reading “Happy Birthday to LAS-ELC!”

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Nonprofits Back Immigrant in SSN Row at 9th Circuit

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Gov. Brown Signs SB 770 to Expand Paid Family Leave

Today, Governor Brown signed into law SB 770, a bill authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to allow workers to receive Paid Family Leave benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law.  The new law will take effect July 1, 2014.

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Now that fully paid family leave is coming to San Francisco…

National media enthusiastically covered the story of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approving the first U.S. requirement for fully paid leave for new parents. That’s been especially gratifying because LAS-ELC staff attorney Julia Parish helped draft the measure — and because we’ve been pushing hard for a long time to make family leave more affordable and available for low-income workers everywhere. But the best part is … Continue reading “Now that fully paid family leave is coming to San Francisco…”

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New services target female military veterans

Our attorneys are continuing to provide essential services for military veterans — with a special focus on women and men who have been victims of sexual harassment and assault during their military service.  Elizabeth Kristen, director of the gender equity program at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, will add the employment angle to a legal clinic next week for … Continue reading “New services target female military veterans”

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If you are sexually harassed at work

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It's time to join the industrialized world

When U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez swung through Silicon Valley talking about paid family leave, he headlined an event at SurveyMonkey, where he was followed immediately by LAS-ELC staff attorney Julia Parish. Julia spoke about why LAS-ELC advocates expanding leave, even in California, which has been leading on the issue since becoming the first … Continue reading “It's time to join the industrialized world”

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Driver wins $480,000 for wages unpaid by tech entrepreneur

A former personal driver and bodyguard who worked nearly around the clock for most of a year without pay won a $480,727.81 award from the California Labor Commissioner for unpaid wages, damages, interest, and penalties. Khabib Lutfiyev started working for Gurbaksh Chahal — a tech entrepreneur who founded three startups — as his driver in … Continue reading “Driver wins $480,000 for wages unpaid by tech entrepreneur”

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