California’s legislature this week passed important legislation prohibiting discrimination against family caregivers at work! The Family Caregiver Anti-Discrimination Act (AB 524, Wicks) was approved by the California Senate and Assembly and is now headed to the Governor’s desk. WorkLife Law is proud of the central role its advocacy and research have played in bringing California workers so close to winning this critical workplace protection.
The Center for WorkLife Law is an advocacy and research organization at UC Law SF that seeks to advance racial, gender, and class equity. At WorkLife Law, we address inequality at a structural level by developing and implementing concrete, evidence-based interventions in schools and workplaces and changing public policy at the state and national levels. We are extremely strategic in how we approach each structural intervention, forging partnerships with grassroots groups and field experts to identify the best change levers to tackle the problem at hand. With our interventions, we aim to produce dramatic changes within a two to five year timeframe. Our main areas of impact are economic security, maternal & child health, education equity, and racial and gender justice in the workplace. Throughout the pandemic, our team has also mobilized a COVID-19 emergency response, applying our legal expertise to help protect workers’ rights during the crisis.
These are just some of the problems that U.S. workers currently face. At the Center for WorkLife Law, we intervene on these problems through both systems-level change and individual interventions.
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In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we are lighting up New York Times Square with a billboard ad for the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act and PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act which secured strong protections for pregnant and lactating workers nationwide. Today’s celebration was filled with joy, pride, and determination to continue the important work of spreading the word to every worker about their new rights– from our detailed know-your-rights guides to a shiny billboard in one of the country’s most visited venues.
Last December, the historic workers’ rights bill Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act) established federal workplace protections for lactating parents. In order to equip attorneys with the knowledge and resources they need to leverage the PUMP Act in securing accommodations for their clients, WorkLife Law is proud to offer a webinar series in partnership with the ACLU and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).