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Working for Free: A Day in the Life of a Female American Worker

As I write this in the middle of my workday, I think about the fact that as of 2:40 p.m. I started working for free. Those calls I made, emails I sent, clients I spoke with—all for free. The grocery store cashier who rang up my groceries, the journalist who interviewed me on how to … Continue reading “Working for Free: A Day in the Life of a Female American Worker”

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Sharon Terman Co-Authors Chapter on Paid Leave and Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic and Beyond as part of the COVID-19 Policy Playbook

The United States continues to address and recover from the year-old COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in more than 500,000 deaths so far and a historic economic recession. Fifty top legal experts, convene to offer a new assessment of the U.S. policy response to the crisis, COVID-19 Policy Playbook: Legal Recommendations for a Safer, More … Continue reading “Sharon Terman Co-Authors Chapter on Paid Leave and Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic and Beyond as part of the COVID-19 Policy Playbook”

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California Passes Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law to Protect Workers and the Public During COVID-19

On March 19th, Governor Newsom signed California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law (SB 95).  We are happy to share that the law gives many workers access to two weeks of paid sick leave, dating back to January 1, 2021. Before the law’s passage, many workers had access to only three days of paid sick … Continue reading “California Passes Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law to Protect Workers and the Public During COVID-19”

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Statement of LAAW President Joan Graff Regarding the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence

We are heartbroken for our friends, colleagues, and communities who have been put in harm’s way as the terrifying display of anti-Asian racism sweeps across our country and jeopardizes the wellbeing of members of the AAPI community. We are at a moment of inflection. We have seen firsthand the scapegoating and denigration of immigrants and … Continue reading “Statement of LAAW President Joan Graff Regarding the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence”

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Fair Play For Girls in Sports Project Testifies Before California State Assembly on Gender Inequity Issues in Youth Sports Reopening and Importance of Instilling Equity

Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project testified at a Joint Informational Hearing (testimony here) convened by the California State Assembly’s Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media and the Higher Education Committee on March 17, 2021. The Committee Chair, the Honorable Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva, and the Honorable Vice-Chair Assembly Member … Continue reading “Fair Play For Girls in Sports Project Testifies Before California State Assembly on Gender Inequity Issues in Youth Sports Reopening and Importance of Instilling Equity”

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Elizabeth Kristen Speaks to the New York Times about the Andrew Cuomo Sex Harassment Matter

In the context of the Andrew Cuomo sex harassment matter, Elizabeth Kristen discusses the all-too-common tactic of accused harassers attempting to tarnish the reputation of the accusers as being bad employees. “There’s not a defense to harassment that the person was a bad employee,” said Kristen. "It’s not even relevant. Maybe she was the worst employee in the world, but she could still be harassed.”
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Katie Wutchiett Discusses the Need for Paid Sick Leave During the Covid-19 Pandemic with the LA Times

Katie Wutchiett talks to the Los Angeles Times about how important paid sick leave is to California's attempts to control the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of workers and the public, and calls for making clearer policies like two weeks of emergency paid leave.
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A List of Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California

To assist undocumented workers who have lost their jobs or income as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Legal Aid at Work has compiled a list of known relief funds for undocumented workers.  We will be updating this list as new information becomes available. For more information on the job-related legal rights of undocumented workers, … Continue reading “A List of Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California”

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Jenna Gerry discusses in the SF Chronicle the Language Barriers that Workers Experience When trying to Access Unemployment Insurance

Jenna Gerry talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about the difficulties that people who don't speak English experience when they try to access Unemployment Insurance benefits. Jenna discusses how despite the EDD's steps to improve access for people who don't speak English, some instructions are still only in English and it is unclear how many non-English speaking agents are available to help people.
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