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Still No Recovery In The Public Sector After Six Years, NWLC Analysis Shows

July 2, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  The economy has lost 666,000 public sector jobs during the recovery, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“June saw strong job growth and declining unemployment, especially for women. But six years into the recovery, we’re not out of the woods yet—unemployment rates are still higher than they were before the recession began for almost all groups of women and men, labor force participation is the lowest it has been in a generation, and the country has lost more than half a million public sector jobs since June 2009,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC Vice President for Family Economic Security. “When Congress returns, it must reject spending bills that would cut funding for public services, eliminate jobs, and slow economic growth.”

Reforming Overtime Pay Protections Is an Important Step Toward Fair Pay, Says NWLC

June 30, 2015

(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. 

Supreme Court Decides for Full Marriage Equality

June 26, 2015

(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.

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NWLC In the News

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Subsidies

June 25, 2015

Marcia D. Greenberger of the National Women’s Law Center said the ruling “means the Affordable Care Act will continue to help millions of women and their families afford health insurance.”

The Miami Herald

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Subsidies

June 25, 2015

Marcia D. Greenberger of the National Women’s Law Center said the ruling “means the Affordable Care Act will continue to help millions of women and their families afford health insurance.”

Sacramento Bee

Roberts Court Once More Rules in Favor of the Affordable Care Act

June 25, 2015

According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), that includes about 3.5 million women who benefit from the subsidies. “The Supreme Court decision makes it indisputably clear that tax credits are available to those who qualify for them regardless of where they live,” Marcia D.

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