The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (“PUMP”) for Nursing Mothers Act expands and strengthens the rights of breastfeeding employees to receive break time and private space for pumping breast milk during the workday. WorkLife Law is proud to have been a leader in the fight to win these new workplace protections for lactating parents. Learn more about the law in this Explainer from the Center for WorkLife Law and partners.
The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) both passed the Senate with bipartisan support today as amendments to the omnibus spending package! This was the last major hurdle for both pieces of legislation and a huge victory for mothers and families. The Center for WorkLife Law’s report Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers, provided the rallying cry for the PUMP Act by revealing key gaps in existing federal law.
The Protecting Family Caregivers from Discrimination Act (S.5136) which would prohibit workplace discrimination against employees with family caregiving responsibilities, was reintroduced today by U.S. Senator Cory Booker. This legislation has the potential to promote economic, health, and gender equity by ensuring that common life events, like becoming a parent or tending to a sick relative, don’t cause families to fall into poverty.
The Center for WorkLife Law is pleased to welcome Joe St. James as a Caregiver Discrimination Legal Fellow. Joe will work to assist those with caregiver responsibilities facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as conduct policy research on caregiver discrimination nationwide for the Center.
New Video – See How WorkLife Law’s Dar a Luz Initiative Empowers Farmworkers to Benefit from their Legal Rights
In this new video, Rocío Garcia-Rodriguez recounts her experience working in the fields during pregnancy and shares how the Dar a Luz legal helpline helped her access all of the paid leave benefits she had a right to receive.
WorkLife Law Deputy Director Liz Morris and Pregnant Scholar Initiative Director Jessica Lee were invited by the Legal Services Funders Network to share their insights about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision taking away the right to abortion.
Read our latest Harvard Business Review article on how to build DEI programs that work by our Director Joan C. Williams, with Dr. Rachel Korn and Dr. Asma Ghani from our research team! WorkLife Law’s recent and ongoing research describes several situations where data has moved the needle in helping companies make progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The Center for WorkLife Law is pleased to welcome Daniella Lee as a Research Assistant. Daniella will assist with data coding and analysis for the Center’s ongoing Bias Interrupters research partnerships.
We partnered with State Innovation Exchange (SiX) to co-author a new publication on workers’ rights just in time for Labor Day! Learn more about Family Caregiver Discrimination and how state lawmakers can protect workers from discrimination based on a person’s caregiving responsibilities here!
Congratulations to our Research Associate, Dr. Asma Ghani, who received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University today. Congrats Asma, we are so lucky to have you on our team!