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Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Endanger Americans

Posted by Caitlin Callahan, Legal Intern | Posted on: October 06, 2015 at 01:52 pm

I attended my first congressional hearing last Tuesday to stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood, the long serving and highly trusted provider of women’s reproductive health services. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held the hearing to interrogate one witness: Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood.

This hearing was part of a series of congressional investigations into the unfounded and sensationalized accusations that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue. Despite Chairman Chaffetz admitting to the House Oversight Committee’s failure to find any evidence that Planned Parenthood has broken the law, Congress has voted 4 times in the last month alone to defund Planned Parenthood. Some anti-choice members of Congress had even threatened to shut down the government unless Planned Parenthood was defunded. Fortunately, a bill to fund the government that did not defund Planned Parenthood was finally passed by both houses last week, but the harmful, fact-less campaign against Planned Parenthood continues.

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2 More Reasons Women Need a Voice in the Workforce

Posted by Andrea Johnson, Fellow | Posted on: October 06, 2015 at 01:39 pm

Leading up to the October 7 White House Summit on Worker Voice, we are publishing a series of blog posts highlighting five key reasons women need a voice in the workforce.  Yesterday we discussed Reasons 1 and 2: An increased minimum wage and equal pay. Here are Reasons 3 and 4:

Reason #3: Fair Work Schedules

Women in the low-wage workforce are increasingly subject to unpredictable and inflexible work schedules that make it incredibly difficult to balance family or school responsibilities or try to hold down a second job to make ends meet.  Many of these jobs also only offer part-time work, despite many workers’ need for full-time hours to support themselves and their families.

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Another Drop in the Bucket: Senate Scheduled to Confirm 7th Judge of 2015

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: October 05, 2015 at 01:01 pm

Today, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Dale Drozd to a seat on the Eastern District of California, one of the most overburdened courts in the country. Although this is terrific news for this court, it is long overdue – and part of a terrible trend: Soon-to-be-Judge Drozd will be only the seventh federal judicial nominee to receive a vote ten months into 2015.

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Women Need a Voice in the Workforce

Posted by Andrea Johnson, Fellow | Posted on: October 05, 2015 at 11:05 am

On October 7, 2015, the White House will host the White House Summit on Worker Voice, a historic event that will bring together “workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts to explore ways to ensure that middle class Americans are sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth that they are helping to create.”

Lifting up workers’ voices means lifting up the voices of women. Women make up two-thirds of the low-wage workforce, working as home health aides, child care workers, fast food workers, cashiers, restaurant servers, and maids and housekeeping cleaners. Strengthening the voices of working people to ensure that they share in the benefits of economic growth means organizing for fair wages, flexible schedules, family and sick leave, and child care.

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Are You There, Congress? It's Me, Slow Job Growth

Posted by Alana Eichner, Program Assistant | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 03:28 pm

September’s Jobs Data show a growth of 142,000 jobs, 42 percent of which went to women. 142,000 jobs was less than was predicted and this number, combined with a revision of August job gains down to 136,000 from the initial estimate of 173,000, shows an economic recovery that is slowing down. Over the past three months, monthly jobs gains have averaged only 167,000.

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Meditations on the First Monday in October

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 03:25 pm

This week, in anticipation of the Supreme Court Term beginning next Monday, NWLC has described some of the cases that the Court has decided to review that present issues important to women —including Green v. Brennan, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Union, Fisher v. University of Texas, and Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo — as well as cases implicating reproductive rights that the Court may still decide to take.  NWLC will be making sure throughout the Term that women’s voices and the impact of the Court’s decisions in these cases on women’s lives are heard.

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Will the Supreme Court Take Yet Another Shot at Class Actions?

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 03:02 pm

The Supreme Court is slated to hear Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo on November 10th. To understand this case, let’s begin by talking about wage theft.

What Is Wage Theft, and What Does It Have to Do with This Case?

Wage theft happens when an employer, in violation of minimum wage or overtime laws, refuses to pay a worker her full earnings for the time that she worked. Maybe the employer falsely states that the employee is an independent contractor who is not subject to overtime laws. Maybe the employer simply does not pay an employee for all the hours she’s worked. Or, as was the case in Tyson Foods, the employer pays the employee for only a part of the time involved in performing a particular task.

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The Supreme Court's Many Opportunities to Stand Up for Reproductive Health This Year

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: October 02, 2015 at 02:33 pm

During the 2015 Fall Term, which begins Monday, the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to hear several cases that would directly affect reproductive health.

Pending before the Court are cases about whether your boss can impose his religious beliefs about birth control on you, and cases about whether your right to abortion will depend on your zip code. Most experts, including us, are predicting that the Court will consider one of the birth control cases, and one of the abortion cases. But we do not yet know which of these cases will be heard. So here’s a preview of the issues at stake in the cases, and what it could mean for the Court to take one or more of them.

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