When workers need to take time away from work to care for their families or for their own illnesses, few have access to employer-provided paid family leave. As a result, workers who take time off often face a significant loss of income. This fact sheet explains how the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) would solve this problem by providing partial wage replacement for up to twelve weeks to workers to address a serious health condition, care for a sick family member, or care for a newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child.
There are currently 91 vacancies on the federal district and appellate courts, a ten percent vacancy rate. This alarmingly high vacancy rate forces people around the country to wait for justice.
Over the past three decades, an increasing number of women have joined the legal profession. Since 1992, women’s representation in law school classes has approached 50%. Despite record numbers of female judicial nominees, the percentage of female federal judges, however, is far lower. It is of critical importance to increase the representation of women on the federal bench.
Persistently high unemployment — and historic levels of long-term unemployment — necessitate renewing federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits that are set to expire in December 2013.
Supplemental Insurance Coverage of Abortion Only Further Encourages the End of All Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion
Attempts by states to ban insurance coverage of abortion are sweeping the nation. These bills either ban insurance coverage of abortion in every private insurance plan in the state or in plans that will be operating in state exchanges established pursuant to the new federal health care law. These bans endanger women’s health and take away benefits that women currently have. In an attempt to make these dangerous bills seem less extreme, some permit insurers to offer supplemental insurance coverage of abortion. However, supplemental coverage of abortion is not a compromise; it is a false promise with the real goal of eliminating all private insurance coverage of abortion.
In October 2013, following a costly 16-day federal government shutdown, Congress reached an agreement to fund the government for the first few months of fiscal year (FY) 2014 and temporarily suspend the debt ceiling — but new deadlines are quickly approaching.
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 64.5 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.
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. Nationally, women working full time, year round typically make only 76.5 cents for every dollar a man makes and the size of the disparity varies by state. Women fare best in Washington, D.C., where women working full time, year round typically make 90.1 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Maryland and Nevada follow Washington, D.C. with the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings at 85.3 percent in both states. Women fare worst relative to men in Wyoming, where women’s earnings represented only 63.8 percent of men’s earnings.
The Birth Control Coverage Benefit Is Critical To Women’s Health, Yet Bosses Are Going to Court to Take it Away
The Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance plans cover all FDA-approved birth control methods without out-of-pocket costs. This benefit is a huge step forward for women’s health and equality. Despite the fact that over 27 million women now have this benefit, some bosses want to take it way and have filed over 90 federal lawsuits to do so. It is possible that as early as November 26th the Supreme Court will agree to review at least one of the cases brought by a for-profit business. A decision in favor of these bosses would not only take away this important health care benefit but could also jeopardize other long-standing employee protections.