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Pregnant Workers Need Safeguards, Lawmakers Tell Court

Pregnant Workers Need Safeguards, Lawmakers Tell Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court last week to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it’s needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Democratic lawmakers — 99 from the [...]
Tip Campaign for Marriott Hotel Housekeepers BeginsNEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some [...]
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‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Hits Wall in U.S. Senate – Again  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November’s elections.  GOP senators blocked the legislation in April and with the support of [...]
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Millions Win Paid Sick Leave Under New Calif. LawFamilies, labor advocates and national leaders are celebrating a new California state law that provides paid sick leave to up to 6.5 million workers, including fast-food employees, farmworkers and domestic workers. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which covers about 40 percent of the Golden State’s workforce, [...]
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Voters ‘Misled’ Over San Diego Wage Law, Group Says  Less than a month after a veto to raise San Diego’s hourly wage to $11.50 was defeated, supporters said Tuesday that opponents who want to put the issue on the ballot for a direct referendum vote are not being the most truthful when talking about the issue with people who can cast ballots.  In [...]
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U.S. Senate Could Vote Soon on Minimum Wage IncreaseWASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to motivate their most loyal supporters, Democrats may hold a campaign-season Senate vote as soon as next week on their effort to boost the federal minimum wage, Senate aides and lobbyists said Wednesday. The Senate may also revisit a pair of other Democratic measures this month that, like minimum wage, were [...]
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The ‘Fight for $15′ and Ending Poverty GrowsNEW YORK (AP) — Police handcuffed dozens of protesters in New York, Chicago, Detroit and other cities on Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The protests, which are planned by [...]
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Occupational Segregation in Silicon Valley  Black and Latino workers only comprise 3 to 4 percent of U.S.-based tech jobs, according to a recent report released by Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA).  Silicon Valley’s largest tech firms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google and eBay, recently disclosed available data on the diversity of their core workforce, and Black and Latino workers [...]
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Hourly Wage of $11.50 Prevails in San Diego – AgainIn a vote watched nationwide by supporters of working families, the San Diego City Council reiterated its backing on Monday of higher wages, the right to earned sick time and a better life in “America’s Finest City.” Councilmembers overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of an ordinance calling for the hourly wage to eventually climb to [...]
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Wage Increase Veto to be Challenged in San Diego  One question: If the San Diego City Council overrides the Friday veto of raising the hourly wage to $11.50, will the issue show up on a future ballot for direct approval or rejection by voters?  For now, all eyes in “America’s Finest City” will be on the next 30 days when the City Council [...]
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