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NWLC Testimony in Support of Oregon House Bill 3377

April 03, 2015

Today the National Women’s Law Center submitted testimony to the members of the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee in support of House Bill 3377. The Center urges support for this bill which provides crucial protections from difficult scheduling practices that undermine workers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families. These protections are particularly important to women, who make up nearly 65 percent of the 271,200 workers in Oregon’s low-wage workforce, where difficult scheduling practices are most common.

Testimony of Joan Entmacher Before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources

March 18, 2015

Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher presents key statistics showing how public programs lift millions of Americans out of poverty, and the major gaps that exist in these safety net and work support programs.

NWLC Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Home Care Workers

March 03, 2015

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.

Fatima Goss Graves Testifies to the Senate HELP Committee for Women's Economic Security

February 20, 2015

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.

NWLC Testimony in Support of House Bill 365, the Healthy Working Families Act of 2015

February 12, 2015

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.

NWLC Testimony in Support of House Bill 42, the Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015

February 12, 2015

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.

King v. Burwell Amicus Brief

January 28, 2015

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. 

NWLC Comments on Census Bureau 2015 National Content Test

January 22, 2015

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

January 20, 2015

The National Women's Law Center submitted comments about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs.

NWLC Comments on American Community Survey Content Review

December 17, 2014

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.