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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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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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Senate Passes LGBT Worker Protections

November 7, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today, voting 64-32 to prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT employees nationwide.

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Senate Committee Hears From Experts on the Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage

July 11, 2013 - Posted by Nyle Brand

Raising the minimum wage to keep up with inflation and the cost of living would put money into the hands of low-wage workers, stimulate the economy, and lead to a better quality of life for all Americans, according to a panel of labor and civil rights experts who testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

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Supreme Court’s Decisions in Employment Cases Make it Harder to Fight Workplace Discrimination

June 28, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

This week, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two cases, Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwest Medical Center v. Nassar, dealing heavy blows to federal protections from employment discrimination. 

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At Confirmation Hearing, Labor Secretary Nominee Tom Perez Says Top Priority Will Be Jobs, Training

April 18, 2013 - Posted by Ron Bigler

During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today, Tom Perez made clear that his top priority as U.S. Secretary of Labor would be working with all sides in helping American workers obtain the training and support they need to win good jobs in the U.S. economy.

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Labor Board Asks Supreme Court to Review Ruling Against Obama Recess Appointments

March 15, 2013 - Posted by Lexer Quamie

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced this week that it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling finding that President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional.

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