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The Center for WorkLife Law is a research and advocacy organization at UC Hastings College of the Law that seeks to advance gender and racial equality in the workplace and in higher education. WorkLife Law focuses on initiatives with the potential to produce concrete social, legal, and institutional change within a three to five year timeframe. Our current major initiatives include programs for advancing women leaders, eliminating barriers for pregnant and breastfeeding workers and students, preventing Family Responsibilities Discrimination, and helping companies to interrupt and correct bias in the workplace and create more stable schedules for their hourly workers.

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New Report on Postdoc Parents

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The Center’s Pregnant Scholar Initiative has just released a report, Parents in the Pipeline: Retaining Postdoctoral Researchers with Families. This report is part of the Center’s effort to ensure that parents—and mothers in particular—have an equal opportunity to advance in STEM fields.  Parents in the Pipeline, based on institutional data and the first comprehensive nationwide survey of postdocs who have children, highlights the full dimension of the parenthood leak in the STEM pipeline and what institutions can do about it.

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WorkLife Law Connecting Medical Providers with Legal Resources

Jessica Lee

Staff Attorney Jessica Lee will be presenting at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s Ninth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding on a panel “Expanding Community Supports for Mothers & Fathers at Home and in the Workplace.” Lee will discuss the critical role that healthcare providers can have on ensuring mothers can continue breastfeeding when they return to work.

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Missed our Shop Stewards Webinar? No problem!

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WorkLife Law partnered with the AFL-CIO, Labor Project for Working Families, and UFCW to produce In Solidarity: Union Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Workers. The webinar aired on April 18, 2017 to an audience of over 75 shop stewards and union representatives. During and after pregnancy, workers are particularly vulnerable to job insecurity and unfair treatment, which often goes undetected. But unions are well-positioned to ensure pregnant and breastfeeding workers are treated fairly on the job. Watch this one-hour workshop to learn about the supportive role unions can play in promoting protections for pregnant and breastfeeding workers.

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