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WorkLife Law’s New Harvard Business Review Publication: Breaking Down the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act for Employers

May 30, 2024

This year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), a new federal law that requires the federal government as well as private, state, and local employers with 15 or more employees to accommodate all health needs at work arising from pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. Liz Morris and Cynthia Calvert, who have counseled and trained hundreds of employees, businesses, and attorneys on the new law, outline what leaders need to know to support their pregnant workers while avoiding unnecessary EEOC charges and litigation.

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Uplifting New Resources in Honor of Maternal Mental Health Month

May 6, 2024

About 1 in 5 women experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy and postpartum. In order to bring more awareness to maternal mental health month, WorkLife Law has created new resources for workers to understand their rights at work while experiencing perinatal mental health conditions– including a video spotlighting our senior attorney Juliana Franco who shares about her own mental health struggles after having her son.

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Celebrating New Title IX Regulations: Millions of Pregnant and Parenting Students Gain Protections

April 19, 2024

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Today the U.S. Department of Education formally adopted their long-anticipated regulations implementing Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. The Pregnant Scholar, an initiative of the Center for WorkLife Law, applauds the Department for providing a strong interpretation of the law that both protects millions of pregnant and parenting students and provides clear guidance for educational institutions. Read our full statement here.

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WorkLife Law Staff Attorney’s Letter to the Editor Encourages Using New Federal Employment Law to Advocate for Mental Health Accommodations

April 12, 2024

A recent KFF Health News article reported that private health insurers have delayed the availability of a revolutionary postpartum depression treatment. Our senior staff attorney Juliana Franco’s letter to the editor in response was published this week. In it, Juliana explains how mental health care providers can use the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as a tool to support their patients who need time off for appointments or other changes at work. Juliana also shared about her own experience with postpartum depression.

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WorkLife Law’s Next Chapter: Message from Incoming Co-Directors Jessica Lee and Liz Morris

March 26, 2024

As WorkLife Law’s founding director Joan Williams recently announced, she is passing the baton to the next generation of WorkLife Law leaders this summer. Incoming Co-Directors Jessica Lee and Liz Morris are excited to step into their new roles leading the Center in our fight for economic security, racial justice, and health equity for workers, students, and the families they care for. Click here to read their message introducing themselves and sharing their vision for WorkLife Law’s future.

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WorkLife Law’s Leadership Change

March 21, 2024

Twenty-five years after founding the Center for WorkLife Law, Director Joan C. Williams is passing to the next generation the leadership of the Cener’s work advancing legal protections for caregiving workers and students. This summer, Liz Morris, the Center’s Deputy Director, and Jessica Lee, its Senior Staff Attorney, will become co-directors of the Center for WorkLife Law. Joan will start her own next chapter as the founding director of the Equality Action Center at UC Law SF, along with SVP Jamie Dolkas and Research Director Rachel Korn. Click here to read Joan’s letter announcing the big news and celebrating that we now have two organizations focused on moving us to a world without inequalities based on race, class and gender. 

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Our Community Health Worker Training on Supporting Pregnant Farmworkers Made a Difference, According to New Research

February 23, 2024

A research report published this month found that our perinatal promotora training made an impact and highlighted the need for more trainings aimed at community health workers in farmworker communities. Back in 2023, WorkLife Law piloted a comprehensive training program in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Promotores Network, CAUSE, WIC, and the UC Global Health Institute. Now, there is evidence that California communities need more of these trainings to create long lasting change for pregnant farmworkers.

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Wrapping Up a Banner Year at WorkLife Law

December 22, 2023

WorkLife Law’s free legal helplines were ringing off the hook in 2023. We received more calls from caregivers, pregnant workers, and students than ever before in our history – a 400% increase. Thanks to the triumphant passage of the PUMP Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, we have new, dramatically stronger tools at our disposal to protect workers’ health and livelihoods.  We’ve been getting results for workers nationwide and are committed to supporting more people in the upcoming year. 

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