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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.
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.
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.
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Has the Supreme Court had enough? Could we finally be done with challenges to the health care law? In King v. Burwell [PDF], the Court ruled against the most recent challenge to the health care law and upheld one of the key provisions in the law—tax credits are available to people enrolled through a federal or state Exchange. Along the way, the majority also made it seem as though they don’t plan to hear any more ACA cases.
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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