Category Legislation

Equal Pay Debate Continues in the Midst of Legislative Stall

by Samantha Serna The Equal Pay Debate gained momentum on April 8, 2014 as President Obama marked the 51st Anniversary of the 1963 Equal Pay Act by signing into law an executive order aimed at addressing unequal pay. The Executive Order, “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information,” applies certain provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act […]

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Work, Life Balance: 20 years of the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is meant to alleviate some of the “work, life” problems that arise every day in families across the country. FMLA is a federal law that requires employers to provide employees leave for qualified medical and family reasons, without risk to the employees job. The law sought […]

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Countdown to Election 2012: The Candidates’ Proposals to Fix the Economy

By Eileen Lohmann On November 6, the people of the United States will choose between two fundamentally different presidential candidates, and in an economic climate in which the rate of unemployment is 7.8 percent, each candidate has offered his own solution to create jobs and grow the economy. President Barack Obama’s plan to revitalize the […]

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Proposed CBA Amendment to Michigan’s Constitution

By Josh Tucker This November, Michigan voters will not only be electing its local and national representatives, but will also be voting on six different state proposals, five of them potential amendments to the Michigan Constitution. Proposal 2, specifically, would constitutionally recognize Michigan public and private employees’ right to organize into labor unions and bargain […]

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AFL-CIO: California’s Prop. 32: Clone of Past Anti-Worker Measures

Maybe this election year will finally put a stake through the heart of efforts by corporations and extremist right-wing millionaires to silence the voice of California’s working families in the political arena. This year, it’s called Prop. 32 and it’s a near-clone of 2005’s Prop. 75 and 1998’s Prop. 226, which voters defeated by 53% to 47%. Both times, huge mobilizations by […]

Paycheck Fairness Act Failed To Pass In The Senate

On June 5, 2012, Senate Democrats fell 8 votes shy of the 60 votes needed to proceed to a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220).  The Act, as written would, among other things, amend the Equal Pay Act to allow employees to recover punitive damages for gender discrimination and would require employers to […]

Senate Democrats Call On Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

On May 23, 2012, a group of Senate Democrats, led by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) along with various interest groups called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797 and H.R. 1591) which was introduced in 2011 by Senator Mikulski and Representative DeLauro (D-CT) in 2011 and would update the Equal Pay Act. […]

UPDATE: Maryland Protects Employees’ Facebook Password Privacy

The Maryland State Senate unanimously passed a bill titled, “Labor and Employment – Username and Password Privacy Protection and Exclusions.” If Governor O’Malley signs it, Maryland will become the first state to prohibit employers from requiring potential candidates to provide passwords to their Facebook accounts. The bill, which “Prohibit[s] an employer from requesting or requiring […]

HuffPo: Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill. The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, […]

HuffPost: Unemployment Insurance Gets Slashed Nationwide

When Sean Davis of Lunenburg, Mass. lost his Census job in October 2010, he figured he’d be able to claim unemployment insurance for 99 weeks. That’s how long benefits lasted, according to the state government and every news report about unemployment at the time. Of course, he hoped he’d find a job way before 99 […]

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