SPOTLIGHT ISSUE: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Common sense protections that will clarify and enforce needed accommodations
Legal Momentum is strongly supportive of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which has just been re-introduced into the House and Senate. The bill requires an employer to accommodate a pregnant worker's requres (e.g. for light duty or additional bathroom breaks) unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship on the business. While some employers already engage in such consideration for pregnant employees, the safeguards provided for in this bill are particularly important for women working in low-wage jobs that provide few benefits, and in jobs that are physically strenuous.
Legal Momentum just submitted an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling in the case Young v. UPS misinterprets the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Decisions such as the Fourth Circuit's will likely eradicate the protections of the PDA specifically put in place by Congress 35 years ago. While Young v. UPS highlights a misinterpretation of the PDA, if the PWFA was already law, employers would already understand that workers such as Ms. Young must be accommodated with a light duty job.
Pediatric Association Calls for a War on Childhood Poverty
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) has formed a task force on childhood poverty and issued "A Strategic Road-Map" for addressing childhood poverty. The Road-Map describes childhood poverty as the "most important problem facing children in the United States today.” More »
House SNAP Proposal Threatens Grave Harm to Poor Single Parent Families
The Republican budget plan recently passed by the House on a party line vote would cut SNAP (Food Stamps) by $135 billion (almost 18%) over ten years, and would apply to SNAP the “welfare reform” principles that were applied to cash assistance by the 1996 law that created TANF to replace AFDC. More »
TANF Receipt Falls to Less than One Third of Eligible Families
A new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows a continuous decline under TANF benefits. More »
Worst-Off: Single-Parent Families in the United States
Our report has been widely cited in the media: The report compares U.S. single-parent families with single-parent families in 16 other high-income countries. We find that U.S. single-parent families are the worst off. More »
05/20/2013 Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, is pleased to announce the appointment of N. Linsey Tully as Director of Development. Ms. Tully is a development professional with a distinguished history in business and not-for-profit activities. More »
05/10/2013 Legal Momentum and a group of legal scholars filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling in Young v. UPS misinterprets the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) to the detriment of women working during pregnancy. More »
05/02/2013 During Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, we presented several posts on Facebook about new publications and events. Here are some highlights. More »
04/24/2013 Legal Momentum co-founded the National Task Force on Tradeswomen’s issues two years ago. Through the Task Force, we continued advocating for tradeswomen in April as a planning partner to the Women Building California and the Nation Conference in Sacramento, and sponsoring a Policy Forum at the Conference. More »
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