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NWLC Applauds New Legislation to Give Workers a Say in When They Work and Curb Unpredictable Work Schedules That Hurt Workers and Their Families

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.

NWLC Applauds Bill that Ensures Women Access to Birth Control at Pharmacies

July 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) Today, Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Carolyn Maloney reintroduced the Access to Birth Control Act, which improves women’s access to contraceptives at their local pharmacies. Some pharmacists across the country have refused to fill birth control prescriptions.

Senate Failure to Pass Legislation Reinstating Women’s Access to Birth Control Coverage Undercuts Women’s Health, Says NWLC

July 16, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, a determined minority in the Senate, by a vote of 56 to 43, filibustered the legislation called the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, which would reinstate access to birth control coverage for women at some for-profit employers after the Supreme Court rulings two weeks ago in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell.

Newly Released EEOC Enforcement Guidance Underscores Strong Protections for Pregnant Workers Under Current Law, Says NWLC

July 14, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its first comprehensive Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues since 1983.  The guidance outlines the fundamental requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) that an employer may not discriminate against an employee on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and that women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions must be treated the same as other persons in their ability or inability to work.  The guidance also includes the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008.

NWLC Applauds Introduction of Legislation Reinstating Women's Access to Birth Control Coverage

July 9, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to reinstate access to birth control coverage for women at some for-profit employers after the Supreme Court ruling last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell. 

In the Wake Of Hobby Lobby Ruling, NWLC Launches Hotline to Help Women Get Access to Guaranteed Preventive Health Services, Including Contraception

July 3, 2014

Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced the launch of its CoverHer hotline to help women who are having trouble getting access to women’s preventive health services – especially contraception – at no cost to them.

Women Post Strong Job Gains In June, NWLC Analysis Shows

July 3, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Women gained more than half of the 288,000 jobs in added in June and their unemployment declined to 5.3 percent, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case, Deciding Scope Of Protection Under Federal Law For Pregnant Workers

July 2, 2014

Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a pregnancy discrimination case — Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. — to decide whether federal law requires an employer to provide light duty to a worker if she needs it because of pregnancy, when the employer provides light duty to workers who need it because of disability or on-the-job injury.

Two 5-4 Supreme Court Decisions Will Have Significant Impact On Women

June 30, 2014

Today, the Supreme Court handed down two decisions that will have a significant impact on women—Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al., v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al., and Harris v. Quinn.

McCullen v. Coakley Buffer Zone Decision Removes Important Protection from Harassment for Individuals Seeking Safe and Legal Abortion

June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court issued a decision today in McCullen v. Coakley, overturning a 2007 Massachusetts law that protected access to reproductive health clinics by prohibiting protestors, regardless of their position on abortion, from coming within 35 feet of a facility.