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Fishermen claim human trafficking, horrific conditions on American boat based in San Francisco, Honolulu

Two men from Indonesia filed a federal lawsuit here today alleging that they were induced to pay high recruitment fees to work for a U.S.-based fishing vessel, whose captain mistreated them, isolated them at sea for months at a time, and didn’t pay them according to the terms of their employment contract — much less … Continue reading “Fishermen claim human trafficking, horrific conditions on American boat based in San Francisco, Honolulu”

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A century later, Legal Aid employment work still on cutting edge

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Fishermen file lawsuit alleging slavery on Hawaii longliner

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New California Laws Strengthen Worker Protections

The beginning of 2013 saw the enactment of a host of new employment laws in California, some of which strengthen important protections for workers.  Among them is AB 1964, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012, which went into effect on January 1, 2013.  The bill, introduced by California Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, reinforces the … Continue reading “New California Laws Strengthen Worker Protections”

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A Matter of Public Health: Medical Community Speaks Out for Parental Leave

A column by Legal Aid at Work staff attorney Sharon Terman and Anda Kuo, a professor of pediatric medicine at UCSF and director of the Child Health Equity Collective.
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Innovation continues as Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center celebrates 100th anniversary

After a century of service to low-income people in San Francisco and statewide, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is celebrating — and raising funds to help expand our Workers’ Rights Clinic. Actor and social justice activist George Takei will be on hand to receive LAS-ELC’s public service award at the event Thursday at the Hyatt … Continue reading “Innovation continues as Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center celebrates 100th anniversary”

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A turning point in paid family leave: California measure has broad political and medical support

With unprecedented bi-partisan support, a bill that would expand parental leave to 2.7 million more of California’s working families is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), SB 654, the New Parent Leave Act, would extend six weeks of job-protected bonding leave to California workers at companies with at least 20 … Continue reading “A turning point in paid family leave: California measure has broad political and medical support”

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Burma Superstar kitchen workers sue popular Bay Area chain

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Burma Superstar Kitchen Staff Sue Bay Area Chain Over Wage Violations

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