The National Women’s Law Center joined the American Civil Liberties Union, Legal Momentum, and other civil rights advocates as amici curiae on a brief filed with the D.C. Circuit in support of the Department of Labor (DOL) in Home Care Association of America vs. Weil.
Testimony of Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education & Employment
National Women’s Law Center
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
Economic Security for Working Women: A Roundtable Discussion
May 20, 2014
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center on the critical issue of economic security for working women. The National Women’s Law Center has been working since 1972 to secure and defend women’s legal rights. We advance the issues that cut to the core of women’s lives in education, employment, family and economic security, and health and reproductive rights—with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families. We believe that ending all forms of workplace discrimination is crucial to removing barriers to women’s economic opportunity.
The National Women’s Law Center submitted a testimony to the Maryland House Economic Matter Committee in support of House Bill 385, the Healthy Working Families Act of 2015. We believe that requiring employers to provide workers with the right to earn paid sick days is crucial to removing barriers to women’s economic opportunity. We urge the Committee to pass the Healthy Working Families Act which would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 7 full days per year.
The National Women’s Law Center submitted a testimony before the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee in support of House Bill 42, the Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015. We believe that ending all forms of workplace discrimination, including harassment, is crucial to removing barriers to women’s economic opportunity. We urge the Committee to support the Fair Employment Preservation Act to restore strong protections from workplace harassment.
The National Women’s Law Center and law firm Hogan Lovells submitted an amicusbrief on behalf of 68 organizations in the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, brought by plaintiffs challenging a core provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court will consider whether the ACA allows the federal government to provide subsidies to individuals and families who buy insurance from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges. The brief argues that a ruling for the challengers in King would thwart one of the main objectives of the law: to make health insurance more affordable and thus attainable for millions of Americans.
The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce encouraging additional data collection on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and individuals of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) origin.
Comments of the National Women’s Law Center on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs
The National Women's Law Center submitted comments about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs.
The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce opposing the elimination of six questions regarding undergraduate field of degree and marital status from the American Community Survey.
The Center, along with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 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 effective. The regulation requires that a physician be physically present and perform a physical exam of the pregnant woman before providing a medication abortion. It also requires every patient to return to the same clinic for a routine follow-up visit. In doing so, the regulation would end Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s telemedicine program, which has extended access to medication abortion to women in more remote parts of the state.
A medication abortion via telemedicine allows a physician to talk with a woman via secure videoconferencing before remotely dispensing an abortion-inducing drug. A Planned Parenthood staff member is in the room at all times to supervise and provide support. The brief sets out why the regulation ending the telemedicine program will increase travel time and costs for rural women, increase barriers to care for women living in poverty, and endanger women for whom surgical abortion is contraindicated. The brief explains how the regulation will also potentially harm women in abusive relationships because of the barriers they face in obtaining an abortion. It also emphasizes that the Board implemented the regulation even though the telemedicine program is proven safe.