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WorkLife Law Hosts EEOC Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels for Healthcare Provider Training

July 19, 2024

Health care providers hold an essential role under the new Pregnant Worker Fairness Act. WorkLife Law brought together experts from The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to create a new training for providers who treat and care for pregnant and postpartum people.

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Celebrating the Adoption of a New State Paid Lactation Break Law

July 11, 2024

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The Center for WorkLife Law is celebrating the recent enactment of a New York State Law that requires employers to provide pay for lactation breaks. As of June 19, 2024, New York now requires that each lactation break be paid, up to 30 minutes per break. New York is now the fourth state in the U.S. to require employers to provide paid lactation breaks, joining Georgia, Illinois, and Minnesota.

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Congratulations to WorkLife Law’s New Co-Directors

July 1, 2024

Let’s give a warm welcome to the Center for WorkLife Law’s new Co-Directors! As announced earlier this year, Liz Morris and Jessica Lee are now leading WorkLife Law in our fight for economic security, racial justice, and health equity for workers, students, and the families they care for.

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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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