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Workers' Rights

Across America, working families are dedicated to the economic advancement to promote fairness in the workplace and establish policies that help men and women meet the dual demands of work and family. Yet all too often, workers who attempt to join unions, assert other rights in the workplace, or file complaints with protection or civil rights agencies face employer threats, retaliation and discrimination.

Other issues affecting the well-being of working Americans include tax cuts, bankruptcy reform, and the minimum wage.

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Final LGBT Workplace Protection Rule Announced

December 9, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 3 announced a final rule to protect LGBT federal contractors, which will implement an executive order signed by President Obama in July. The rule will go into effect 120 days from Friday, December 6, when it was published in the Federal Register.

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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

November 23, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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A Win for Transgender Workers

October 29, 2014 - Posted by Angela Pavao

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an agency charged with investigating and prosecuting illegal practices in the federal workplace, made an important and legally reverberating decision last week when it ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee facing workplace discrimination.

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Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Protect Trans Workers

August 20, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Following an announcement from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez in June that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be updating its nondiscrimination guidance, DOL on August 19 issued that guidance to explicitly classify discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status as sex discrimination.

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Obama Signs Order Requiring Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations

August 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama on July 31 signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, requiring federal contractors – before they can receive new federal contracts – to disclose labor law violations that have occurred in the last three years.

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

July 21, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama today signed an executive order barring discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors, a move signaled by the White House more than one month ago.

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DOL’s Proposed Rule to Extend FMLA Protections to Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

June 20, 2014 - Posted by Quaila Hugh

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a proposed rule extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to all employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of whether their home state recognizes the marriage. This rule would support the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) almost one year ago.

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Obama To Issue Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

June 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The White House on Monday announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination from federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Employment Legislation Seeks to Restore Critical Workplace Protections

April 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D. Wis., and Tom Harkin, D. Iowa., and Reps. George Miller, D. Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D. Conn., introduced legislation in March – the Fair Employment Protection Act (S. 2133/H.R. 4227) – in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University,which narrowed protections for employees who face harassment in the workplace.

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A Call to Update Critical Workforce Regulations

March 31, 2014 - Posted by Lexer Quamie

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced in 2009 that it would review and revise two sets of regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projections.

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