WorkLife Law Elevates Call for U.S. Senate to Acknowledge The Economic Harms of Restricting Reproductive Freedom
Today the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the ways in which restricting access to abortion undermines women’s economic security. WorkLife Law is proud to stand with partners in submitting written testimony calling on the U.S. Senate to name publicly that abortion access is fundamental to economic justice, well-being, and equality.
Our Community Health Worker Training on Supporting Pregnant Farmworkers Made a Difference, According to New Research
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.
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.
WorkLife Law Urges U.S. Department of Labor To Expand Overtime Protections to Millions of Workers, But Not Leave Teachers Behind
Today WorkLife Law submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor on the agency’s proposed rule expanding overtime protections to millions of workers. Our comments elevated the experiences of family caregivers, who are often required to work long hours that take them away from their family obligations without any additional compensation.
The Center for WorkLife Law is celebrating the appointment of Sequoia Ayala as a Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow. Sequoia will work to assist birthing persons facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as conduct research on employment discrimination based on pregnancy, lactation, childbirth, and parenthood nationwide for the Center.
Today the Center for WorkLife Law filed comments with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offering feedback on its proposed regulations implementing the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act. While the law is already robust, our priority is advocating for the strongest interpretation of the law to protect workers, but especially historically excluded communities, who need accommodations to stay healthy during pregnancy, childbirth, or if they have related medical conditions.
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.
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).
WorkLife Law Attends White House Celebration of Historic Wins for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Workers
This week, our team had the honor of celebrating the passage of the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act (PWFA) and The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) Act at the White House. Thanks to the White House Gender Policy Council, we had a space to share the weight of these historic wins which are now in full effect alongside many of our partners who also tirelessly advocated for these laws.