Testimony from Senate HELP Committee Hearing, "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act"
On Thursday April 10, 2014, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act."
The Center is filing friend of the court briefs in lawsuits challenging the federal contraceptive coverage benefit, brought by employers who want to deny their employees this important benefit. These cases involve suits brought under the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. These cases will decide whether a boss’s religious beliefs trump women’s health and women’s access to the health care they need.
The National Women's Law Center participated in a press conference for the introduction of the Fair Employment Protection Act, a bill that would restore strong protections for workplace harassment that were weakened by the Supreme Court's decision in Vance v. Ball State University. These excerpted remarks by Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women, explain the bill's importance and effects.
NWLC filed an amicus brief in the 10th Circuit for two cases, Kitchen v. Herbert and Bishop v. Howe Smith in support of marriage equality, particularly regarding the current legal status of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in Oklahoma and Utah.
Testimony of Joan Entmacher Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Income Security and the Elderly
Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher presents key statistics about poverty among older Americans and describes the critical importance of various anti-poverty public programs, and where they are falling short.
On February 27, 2014, Liz Watson, Senior Counsel and Director of Workplace Justice for Women gave testimony before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee regarding the Fair Employment Preservation Act (FEPA). The FEPA would ensure strong protections for employees from workplace harassment.
Testimony in Favor of Legislation (HB295 and SB 331) to Increase Minimum Wage and Tipped Minimum Wage in Maryland
The National Women's Law Center submitted testimony to the Economic Matters Committee and the Senate Finance Committee in Maryland in support of legislation to increase the state minimum wage and tipped minimum wage.
The National Women’s Law Center brief, joined by 68 other organizations, focuses on the rights of the women who would be harmed by for-profit companies refusing to provide coverage of birth control without cost-sharing as guaranteed under the contraception regulations. It analyzes how the contraception regulations further the government’s compelling interests in women’s health and gender equality. More specifically, it explains how providing access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy, thereby forwarding the health of women and children; promotes equal access to health care for women; and leads to greater social and economic opportunities for women. The brief emphasizes that the rights and interests of the women covered by the companies’ health plans weigh heavily against the companies’ RFRA claims and that the Supreme Court has never held that religious exercise provides a license to harm others or violate the rights of third parties as the companies seek to in these cases.
The National Women's Law Center filed an amicus brief in UPMC Braddock v. Thomas Perez, a case before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. NWLC's brief argues for the importance of the government's affirmative action programs and Executive Order 11246 and for the benefits of a diverse workforce, especially in the field of healthcare.
Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President of Education and Employment, delivered this testimony to the Education and Workforce Committee at a hearing regarding new hiring policies for federal contractors.