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California Senate Passes Landmark Legislation Making Paid Family Leave Accessible to Millions More Workers

San Francisco (July 2, 2020): The California Senate passed a landmark bill today that will make sure that millions of Californians can access critically needed Paid Family Leave benefits without risking their jobs. The vote comes one day after Paid Family Leave was extended from 6 to 8 weeks. Under current law, a significant percentage … Continue reading “California Senate Passes Landmark Legislation Making Paid Family Leave Accessible to Millions More Workers”

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Legal Aid at Work and Oakland Unified School District Settle Legal Dispute about Gender Inequity in its Girls’ Athletics Programs

SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2020)—Oakland Unified School District (“OUSD”) and the Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project of Legal Aid at Work have entered into a settlement  agreement  to address gender inequity in OUSD’s interscholastic sports programs, including a three-year monitoring term. The agreement will spur significant changes that will level the playing field … Continue reading “Legal Aid at Work and Oakland Unified School District Settle Legal Dispute about Gender Inequity in its Girls’ Athletics Programs”

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Burma Superstar Workers Win $1.3 Million-Dollar Class Action Settlement

ALAMEDA, CA (June 3, 2020)  – The Alameda Superior Court entered judgment yesterday approving a $1.3 million class action settlement between current and former kitchen employees of the popular Bay Area Burma Superstar restaurants, and the owners and operators of the local chain. The class is represented by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law … Continue reading “Burma Superstar Workers Win $1.3 Million-Dollar Class Action Settlement”

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Advocates Praise Governor Newsom’s Continued Dedication to Equitable Paid Family Leave in the May Revision of Budget

Sacramento, CA (May 14, 2020). Legal Aid at Work and the California Work & Family Coalition applaud Governor Newsom’s ongoing commitment to protecting the jobs and economic stability of Californians who need leave to care for themselves and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The May Revision of Governor Newsom’s budget announced today … Continue reading “Advocates Praise Governor Newsom’s Continued Dedication to Equitable Paid Family Leave in the May Revision of Budget”

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Advocates Applaud Emergency, Short-term Relief for Excluded Workers, and Call for Full Safety Net for All Workers to Meet Humanitarian Crisis

Today, Governor Newsom announced the establishment of a public-private partnership to provide disaster relief to undocumented workers. This financial assistance is a crucial stopgap for the survival of many immigrant families until the legislature reconvenes in May.  The announcement comes on the heels of immigrant worker advocates in recent weeks calling for inclusion of undocumented … Continue reading “Advocates Applaud Emergency, Short-term Relief for Excluded Workers, and Call for Full Safety Net for All Workers to Meet Humanitarian Crisis”

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California Coalition Representing Millions of Workers Seeks Executive Action by Governor Newsom During COVID-19 Crisis

SACRAMENTO (March 26, 2020)—More than 125 organizations say gaps in worker protections desperately need to be filled by Governor Gavin Newsom and the legislature. The urgent action required is detailed in a letter asking state leaders to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of workers impacted by the new coronavirus outbreak. While all Californians … Continue reading “California Coalition Representing Millions of Workers Seeks Executive Action by Governor Newsom During COVID-19 Crisis”

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Juul and The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation Sued for Misclassification, Wage Theft

San Francisco (March 4, 2020) — Juul Labs, Inc. was sued in federal court on Wednesday for unlawfully misclassifying over 400 campaign staffers working on its unsuccessful ballot measure to allow the sale of electronic cigarettes in San Francisco as independent contractors rather than employees. The three named Plaintiffs also notified the California Labor Workforce … Continue reading “Juul and The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation Sued for Misclassification, Wage Theft”

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Governor Newsom’s Budget to Protect Workers from Being Fired when they Take Paid Family Leave

Sacramento, CA (January 10, 2020). The Budget that Governor Newsom announced today includes crucial measures to protect Californians from being fired when they take time off from work to bond with a new child or take care of an ill family member.  This builds off the Governor’s important step last year of expanding the duration … Continue reading “Governor Newsom’s Budget to Protect Workers from Being Fired when they Take Paid Family Leave”

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Fresno Beef Company Fires 20-Year Employee for Taking Leave for Cancer Treatment

Fresno, CA (January 7, 2020).  A Tulare County woman filed a lawsuit against California’s largest beef producer—Harris Ranch Beef Company—for illegally firing her when she went on leave to undergo treatment for cancer. As alleged in the Complaint, Yolanda Alcala worked as a meat trimmer at Harris Ranch Beef Company in Fresno for over 20 … Continue reading “Fresno Beef Company Fires 20-Year Employee for Taking Leave for Cancer Treatment”

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