Legal Momentum Hails New Legislation Giving Common Sense Protections For Pregnant Workers

May 8, 2012 – Legal Momentum has announced its enthusiastic support for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) being introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and other House representatives on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The bill requires employers to accommodate the demands of pregnancy unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship. While some employers already engage in such consideration for pregnant employees, this bill ensures no woman is unnecessarily denied a paycheck during a time in her and her family’s life when economic security is paramount. Legal Momentum will be participating in today’s Washington, D.C. press conference announcing the bill.

Legal Momentum's Letter To House Leaders Opposing HR 4970

Dear Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Minority Leader Pelosi & Minority Whip Hoyer: I write to express Legal Momentum’s continuing opposition to H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill introduced by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL). Legal Momentum is the nation’s oldest women’s and girl’s legal advocacy organization, and has had the privilege of working on VAWA with both the House and Senate in a bi-partisan way for nearly 20 years.

Latest Poverty Data Highlights Critical Need To Strengthen The Social Safety Net

The poverty report for 2011 released today by the Census Bureau indicates that the poverty rate was 15.0% in 2011, slightly less than the 15.1% rate in 2010, but well above the 12.3% rate in 2006, the year prior to the beginning of the ‘Great Recession.’ The 15% rate was the fourth highest in the past 45 years. The 40.9% poverty rate for single mother families was the highest since 1997.

Legal Momentum Releases Groundbreaking Report On Single-parent Families

Study Compares Economic Status of Single-Parent Families in U.S. and Other High-Income Countries

December 20, 2012 (New York, NY) – Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest nonprofit advocating for the legal rights of women in America, announced the release today of a comprehensive, cross-national report comparing single parent families in the U.S. with those in 16 other high-income countries.

Legal Momentum Releases Important Report On The Exclusion Of Women From Apprenticeship Programs For The Skilled Construction Trades

The Department of Labor’s affirmative action mandate adopted in 1978 has failed to achieve its purpose, as women still hold fewer than three percent of skilled trades apprenticeships and jobs. Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest nonprofit advocating for the legal rights of women in America, announced the release of a report detailing how the U.S. Department of Labor’s affirmative action regulations intended to significantly increase women’s participation in registered apprenticeship programs has failed to do so. “Still Excluded – There Are Still Virtually No Women In The Federally Created And Supervised Apprenticeship System For The Skilled Construction Trades” is an important analysis of the problems in the federally-created national Registered Apprenticeship system, including lack of federal oversight (compliance reviews), underfunding of the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Act, and discrimination and harassment of women who are in apprenticeships.

Legal Momentum Releases Important Report on the Impact of the TANF program on Poor Families, Entitled “A TANF Misery Index”

Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest nonprofit advocating for the legal rights of women in America, today announced the release of a new report on the impact of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) on poor families. The report provides a clear, authoritative measure of how well TANF has done in each year since 1996, the year it was enacted, in providing assistance to poor families. Only a fraction of all families with incomes at or below the official poverty level receive TANF assistance despite their need. And those who do receive benefits actually receive amounts well below the income figures considered as those at the official poverty level.

Legal Momentum Praises President Obama’s State of the Union Proposals for a Higher Minimum Wage, Universal Early Education and Calls for House to Pass VAWA

New York, NY—February 13, 2013 - In yesterday’s State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour and for making high quality early education available to every child. If enacted, these proposals could significantly improve economic security for workers and families who struggle to get by on low wages, and help young children along the pathway to higher school achievement and a more productive adult life.


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