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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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In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that girls in the Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), the Wake County (NC) Public Schools, Columbus (OH) City Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Irvine Unified School District (CA) are underrepresented in athletics programs.

Chris Turner

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.

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Improvement. It’s a subjective word, I guess. Otherwise how does H.B. 4935 get to call itself the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014? The House is set to vote on the bill this week, and although it sounds like a winner, for millions of low-income working families it is exactly the opposite.

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.

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