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(Washington, DC) Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule that would extend time and a half overtime pay to millions of workers by updating the current overtime regulations. Under the current rule, overtime protections do not apply to workers in managerial or professional jobs with salaries above $455 per week or $23,660 annually—less than the poverty threshold for a family of four. The salary threshold for the overtime exemption has been increased only once since 1975 and is not tied to inflation. The proposed regulation would raise the threshold to about $50,400 in 2016—a little less than the 1975 level adjusted for inflation.
(Washington, DC) Today, the Supreme Court made history by declaring same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. With a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and consolidated cases, marriage equality is now the law of the land: Same-sex couples can be married and have their marriages recognized in every state. This decision, which ensures that men and women will no longer be barred from marriage based on damaging gender stereotypes, is a victory for all Americans.
We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.
LaShonda Davis says, “NWLC took my case all the way to the Supreme Court and won. As a result, other students who are harassed will get the help that I didn’t, and schools will do more to protect students.”
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Just last week, Governor Raimondo signed Rhode Island’s pregnancy accommodation bill into law. With this bill, passed unanimously, Rhode Island joins fifteen other states that make it unmistakable: employers must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.
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