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Governor Newsom Signs SB 1383, Landmark Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave

San Francisco (September 17, 2020) – In a major victory for California’s working families, Governor Newsom signed SB 1383, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). It will ensure that millions of Californians can access critically needed Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance benefits without risking their jobs. This landmark bill implements the first … Continue reading “Governor Newsom Signs SB 1383, Landmark Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave”

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Test Takers with Disabilities Sue State Bar of California for Forcing them to Test in-person During the Covid-19 Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 15, 2020) – Three people with disabilities filed a federal lawsuit against the State Bar of California and the National Conference of Bar Examiners, alleging that they discriminate against people with disabilities. In order to protect the health and safety of test takers and the general public, the State Bar is offering, … Continue reading “Test Takers with Disabilities Sue State Bar of California for Forcing them to Test in-person During the Covid-19 Pandemic”

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California Legislature Passes SB 1383, Groundbreaking Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave, and Other Important Measures to Protect California Workers Affected by COVID-19.

San Francisco (September 1, 2020): In a major victory for California’s working families, the California Legislature passed SB 1383, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).  It will ensure that millions of Californians can access critically needed Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance benefits without risking their jobs. This landmark bill implements the first … Continue reading “California Legislature Passes SB 1383, Groundbreaking Bill to Ensure Equitable Access to Paid Family Leave, and Other Important Measures to Protect California Workers Affected by COVID-19.”

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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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