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Senate Votes on Final Passage of Child Care and Development Block Grant, Making Safe, Stable Child Care A Priority

November 17, 2014

(Washington, D. C.)—This afternoon, the Senate passed, and will send to the President for his signature, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), which will improve health and safety standards of child care facilities, make it easier for families to get and continue to receive help paying for child care, and support training and professional development of child care providers. This is the first reauthorization in nearly 20 years.

NWLC Deeply Disappointed By Withdrawal of Sharon Block's Nomination to the National Labor Relations Board

November 13, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)—The White House announced yesterday that Sharon Block's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is being withdrawn because of objections from Senate Republicans. Ms. Block's nomination had been approved by the HELP Committee, but had not received a vote by the full Senate. The objections are in response to the President Obama’s recess appointment of Block and two other Board members in 2012. The President is expected to nominate Lauren McFerran, Chief Labor Counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, in her place.

NWLC Files Amicus Brief in Iowa State Supreme Court Against Medically Unnecessary Regulation That Restricts Access to Abortion

November 11, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, today filed a brief in the Iowa Supreme Court against a regulation that requires medically unnecessary, politically motivated and harmful measures during medication abortions, which have been proven to be safe and effe

Half of October's Job Gains Are Low-Wage, NWLC Analysis Shows

November 7, 2014

 (Washington, D.C.)—Half (49 percent) of job gains in October were in low-wage sectors, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Although job growth continued last month, it’s troubling that half of the 214,000 jobs added were low-wage. The largest job gains were in the restaurant industry, where most of the workforce relies on tips—and the federal minimum cash wage is just $2.13 an hour.  Finding a job that pays poverty-level wages doesn’t feel like a recovery,” said Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security.  Voters across the country supported increasing the minimum wage. Lawmakers at the federal, state, and local level need to respond—and raise the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage.”

NWLC Submits Brief in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, et al. v. Burwell Supporting the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation for Nonprofits

November 3, 2014

 (Washington, D.C.)—The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief, joined by 10 organizations, to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, et al. v. Burwell. This case addresses whether the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage accommodation, which allows certain objecting non-profit organizations to refuse coverage in their health insurance plans but ensures women receive the coverage directly from their insurance company, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The brief opposes the Archdiocese’s challenge and objects to the alternatives proposed by the plaintiffs as failing to satisfy the U.S. government’s compelling interest in furthering women’s health and futures by requiring insurance coverage of contraception at no additional cost.

NWLC Submits Brief in Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis v. Burwell, et al., Supporting the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation for Nonprofits

October 29, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) —The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) today submitted an amicus brief, joined by 19 organizations, to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis v. Burwell, et al. This case addresses whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive coverage accommodation, which allows certain objecting non-profit organizations to refuse coverage in their health insurance plans but ensures women receive the coverage directly from their insurance company, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The brief opposes the Archdiocese’s challenge and objects to the alternatives proposed by the plaintiffs as failing to satisfy the U.S. government’s compelling interest in furthering women’s health and futures by requiring insurance coverage of contraception at no additional cost.

Child Care Assistance Policies Improve in 33 States, But Still Fall Short in Helping Families, New NWLC Report Finds

October 22, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)—Families in thirty-three states are better off under one or more key child care policies in 2014 than in 2013, but have lost ground in thirteen states, according to a report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014, examines five critical factors that determine the affordability, accessibility and quality of assistance for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

The report marks the second year in a row in which NWLC found that the situations for families improved under child care policies in more states than it worsened, demonstrating a turnaround from previous years. However, many of these improvements were modest, and too many families still cannot receive the help they need to obtain reliable, high-quality care. For example, only one state pays child care providers who serve families receiving child care assistance at the federally recommended reimbursement rate, and long waiting lists prevent low-income families in many states from getting assistance at all.  

More Than 6.5 Million Seniors Can’t Afford To Meet Basic Needs, Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows

October 16, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the rate of poverty among Americans 65 and older is dramatically higher—54 percent—under the more comprehensive Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) than the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. Over 6.5 million seniors—more than one in seven—cannot afford to meet their basic needs after paying medical expenses.  The child poverty rate is 19 percent lower under the SPM than under the official poverty measure because the SPM counts income from additional safety net programs—but the child poverty rate is still higher than for any other age group.

Sarah Silverman and Droga5 Create $30 Trillion Crowdfunding Campaign For National Women’s Law Center To Close The Wage Gap

October 8, 2014

New York, NY  – Comedian Sarah Silverman and creative agency Droga5, co-creators of “The Great Schlep,” have reunited to create a new campaign, which launched today, to help close the wage gap between men and women. The National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit organization educating the public about the wage gap and advocating for equal pay, will receive monies raised through the video and crowdfunding initiative.  

The Equal Payback Project is designed to raise awareness about an issue that has persisted for decades and encourage supporters to donate to the cause. The fundraising goal is $29,811,746,430,000 – a ludicrous goal, to be sure, but one highlighting the real numbers; the figure was calculated by multiplying the nearly 69 million working women by the $435,049 a typical woman loses to the wage gap over the course of her career (assuming she works full time, year round for 40 years).

Women’s Unemployment Rate Higher Than Men’s For First Time in Nearly Two Years, NWLC Analysis Shows

October 3, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Women’s unemployment rate was higher than men’s for first time since December 2012, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.