In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure on November 13 when they return from the recess.
Years of tax policies that have disproportionately benefited wealthy individuals and big corporations have left the United States with a tax system that is both unbalanced and insufficient to meet national priorities. Unfair tax breaks cost the federal government billions of dollars a year – money that could be used to protect the most vulnerable now and expand opportunity for a stronger future for everyone.
The individual state fliers include information on tax credits specific to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Workers in the United States face a range of scheduling challenges that limit their ability to succeed at work and in the rest of their lives. This issue brief provides an overview of three legislative solutions to this growing problem that have been enacted at the state and local level: right to request, reporting time pay, and split shift pay laws.
This fact sheet summarizes the reporting time pay laws in eight states and the District of Columbia, and explains the reporting time pay provision in the Schedules That Work Act, which is pending in Congress.
Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but women working full time, year round are typically paid less than full-time, year-round male workers in every state. For African American women the wage gap is even larger than for women overall, with African American women working full time, year round typically making only 64 cents for every dollar white non-Hispanic men make. The wage gap for African American women working full time, year round also varies widely by state.
The Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement places reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework. The movement supports the right of individuals to have the children they want, raise the children they have, and plan their families through safe, legal access to abortion and contraception. In order to make these rights a reality, the movement recognizes that RJ will only be achieved when all people have the economic, social, and political power to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.
States Take Action to Stop Bosses’ Religious Beliefs from Trumping Women’s Reproductive Health Care Decisions
Across the country, employers are using their religious beliefs to discriminate against their employees because of their employees’ personal reproductive health care decisions. Women are being punished or fired for using birth control, for undergoing in vitro fertilization in order to get pregnant, or for having sex without being married. The Supreme Court’s recent decision permitting some bosses to refuse to provide insurance coverage of birth control to their female employees highlights how a boss’s religious beliefs are trumping an employee’s health and access to the health care they and their families need.
Employers should not be allowed to use their personal religious beliefs to discriminate against employees who typically come from all different faiths. Fortunately, states have begun to step forward to protect employees, introducing legislation to make it clear that bosses cannot obstruct or coerce an employee when that employee makes a personal reproductive health care decision.
The Affordable Care Act will make health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain for millions of American women and their families. As of October 1, 2013, individuals and families are able to enroll in new, affordable insurance, with coverage effective as early as January 1, 2014. Many people enrolling in health coverage through the health insurance marketplaces in their state will also be eligible for new sources of financial assistance to help them cover the cost of insurance. These frequently asked questions are designed to give you general information about available financial assistance, specifically the new Premium Tax Credits.