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July 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, members of the House and Senate will introduce the Schedules That Work Act, groundbreaking legislation that would give workers a say in their schedules and curb the most abusive scheduling practices that make it hard for many workers to cobble together enough hours to support their families or plan their lives.  The bill would require employers to put a simple system in place for all employees to make scheduling requests, which employers would have to respond to within a reasonable time frame. And it would require employers to accommodate requests for schedule changes due to caregiving responsibilities, being in school, an employee’s serious health condition, and a part-time employee’s need for a second job unless there is a legitimate business reason not to do so.

July 21, 2014

“These and other closely held companies will now have a license to harm their female employees in the name of the companies religion and ignore the religious, the moral and the practical considerations of the women themselves,” said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center.

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Gina Crosley-Corcoran

When I found myself pregnant in August of 2010 it only took a quick calculation to realize the baby was due right smack in the middle of my Spring semester of my junior year of college. Everything was fine until the fourth week of class. I was 40 weeks pregnant, feeling like labor was imminent, and I had a midterm exam that night. After I finished the exam, I went home so that I wouldn’t go into labor in the middle of class. Later, I realized I had received only 5 out of 25 points for “Attendance & Participation” for that day. I emailed the professor asking if she planned to dock me the full 25 points for each class I missed for the birth, and she said ‘yes.’ I had two options: either risk failing the course while giving birth, or withdraw. I withdrew.

As a law student at American University, Grace Pazdan learned that students were being denied prescription contraceptive coverage under the University’s mandatory student health plan, when virtually all other prescription drugs were covered. Grace and her fellow students contacted the NWLC and began organizing a grass roots campaign to raise awareness of this discrimination.

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Yesterday evening, the Senate confirmed three district court nominees (Andre Birotte to the Central District of California, Robin Rosenberg to the Southern District of Florida, and John deGravelles to the Middle District of Louisiana). In addition, last night, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture on the nomination of Pamela Harris to a Maryland seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the question of whether or not it will move to a confirmation vote on Harris’ nomination.

Today, two circuit courts ruled on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows individuals enrolled in health insurance through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace to receive federal subsidies to help with health insurance costs, specifically premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions.

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Have you read the president of @UFCW's statement on #SchedulesThatWork yet? http://t.co/Q40V5BkN4K
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Decisions about a woman’s health care are best left to her, her doctor, her family and w her own faith and values #VoteNo67 #copolitics
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What good is having a job if you get no hours? #SchedulesThatWork
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