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Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel

Lisa Codispoti was Senior Counsel with the Health and Reproductive Rights Team, where she advocated on behalf of low-income women and families in the fight to achieve comprehensive, affordable health care. Before joining the Center, she worked with the Service Employees International Union for nearly 10 years; she also worked in private practice in Albany, N.Y., and for the New York State Assembly. She earned her law degree from Albany Law School, a Master of Public Administration from SUNY Albany and a bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland.

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Mothers Make Less Than Fathers in Every State

Tomorrow, June 4th, is mothers’ equal pay day—the day that marks how long into the year mothers who work full time, year round have to wait before their typical annual earnings equal what fathers made in just one year.


Proposed Regulation Tells Federal Contractors: Play by the Rules

Yesterday the Obama administration released a proposed rule to implement the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which was signed by President Obama in 2014. The proposed rule is the first step toward making good on the executive order’s message to private contractors: if you have the honor of doing business with the federal government, you must follow the law.

This proposed rule outlines steps the Administration will take to ensure that federal contractors that violate our nation’s labor and employment laws start playing by the rules again. In an effort to protect the millions of workers employed by private companies who have been awarded government contracts, the executive order required federal contractors to report their labor and employment law violations.


I Know All About The ACA’s Breastfeeding Benefit, and I Couldn’t Get Services Covered

Posted by Anna Benyo, Senior Health Policy Analyst | Posted on: May 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

Last week, the National Women’s Law Center issued the third report in a series examining insurance plan compliance with the Affordable Care Act, State of Breastfeeding Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act. Previous reports on women’s health coverage and birth control coverage found extensive violations of the law. The third report examines insurance plan noncompliance with the ACA’s breastfeeding benefits and comes to similar conclusions.

The ACA Is a Huge Step Forward

The ACA made dramatic improvements in women’s health coverage. The ACA ensures that health insurance companies can no longer discriminate against women, and requires plans to offer women coverage for maternity care and prescription drugs. And they must cover preventive services, such as breastfeeding supports and supplies and birth control, without any copayments, deductibles or coinsurance.

Health Insurance Plans Must Comply With the Law


Everyone Should Have a Fair Shot As the Economy Rebounds

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: May 08, 2015 at 03:54 pm

Our analysis of today’s release of April’s jobs data shows that while overall job growth was strong, unemployment rates for Black women and men remained disturbingly high. In addition, women gained just 30 percent of the jobs added last month. While the economy rebounds, lawmakers need to make sure everyone has a fair shot.


NWLC Testifies on the Need for Adequate Funding for Implementation of D.C.’s Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Yesterday, Elizabeth Johnston from the National Women’s Law Center testified before the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Bus­iness, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in support of adequate funding to implement the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which was enacted last year. The new law ensures that pregnant workers in D.C. may no longer be forced to choose between their health and their jobs. It does so by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers who need them to continue safely working during pregnancy, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer. However, the promise of this law can only be fully realized with sufficient funding for public education, outreach and enforcement.

While the vast majority of women can work throughout their pregnancies without needing any adjustments to their work rules or job duties, at some point during pregnancy some workers may have a need for temporary adjustments to their job duties that will allow them to continue working safely and supporting their growing families. The new law ensures that employers provide the same rights and reasonable accommodations for pregnant women as are available to workers with temporary disabilities or injuries.