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Peace Corps Volunteers Gain Long-Awaited Equity In Spending Bill

December 18, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Peace Corps Volunteers will finally have abortion coverage in the most dire circumstances, remedying a long-standing inequity. Until now, Peace Corps Volunteers were treated differently than others who rely on the federal government for health care because they were denied coverage for abortion in all instances, including in the cases of rape, incest or life of the woman.

Women Gain One-Third of New Jobs, NWLC Analysis Shows

December 5, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Women accounted for one-third of new jobs in November, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Today’s strong job growth is good news for women and men. But this pace must be sustained to create opportunities for the many workers still on the sidelines or able to find only part-time jobs,” said Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security.  “A quarter of the jobs created last month were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality—and these jobs simply don’t pay enough to survive.  Women are a large majority of workers in low-wage jobs.  Raising the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage would help them and their families make ends meet.”

DOD Report Shows Continued High Numbers of Sexual Assault Survivors and Continued Retaliation Against Them, Reinforcing Need For Military Justice Improvement Act, Says NWLC

December 4, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Department of Defense released a report estimating that 19,000 service members experienced sexual assault in the last year—a decrease from 26,000 in 2012, the last time service members were surveyed. The number of reported assaults increased by 8% from 2013, but the percentage of these reports that were unrestricted decreased from 2013. Of women who experienced an assault and reported it, 62% said they faced retaliation.

NWLC Applauds Confirmation of Charlotte Burrows and David Lopez to the EEOC

December 3, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The United States Senate today confirmed Charlotte Burrows and David Lopez to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Burrows, who is currently an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, will serve as a Commissioner. Lopez will continue in his position as General Counsel to the EEOC, which he has held since 2010. 

High Stakes For Pregnant Workers In Case Before Supreme Court

December 3, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., a case that raises for the first time the issue of whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which Congress passed in 1978, 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 with similar limitations in ability to work stemming from disability or on-the-job injury. 

NWLC Applauds President’s Executive Order Protecting Millions of Hard-Working Immigrants and their Families

November 21, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)—Last evening, President Obama announced an executive order that will allow up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years to apply for a program that will protect them from deportation and allow many to work legally. The order will also protect an additional one million people from deportation through other parts of the plan—including expansion of an existing program for “Dreamers,” young immigrants who came to the United States as children.

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.”