Posts tagged "legislation"
Anniversary of Family Medical Leave Act Comes With Few Improvements

Anniversary of Family Medical Leave Act Comes With Few Improvements

The Family Medical Leave Act went into effect twenty-one years ago today. On this anniversary, many are calling to expand the law to meet the needs of today's families.
Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act, cosponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill, Dean Heller, Richard Blumenthal, Chuck Grassley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Warner, and Marco Rubio, focuses on steps colleges can take to proactively protect students.
New Bills Would Advance Reproductive Healthcare Gains of Affordable Care Act

New Bills Would Advance Reproductive Healthcare Gains of Affordable Care Act

Two new bills introduced in Congress could help improve health outcomes for people of color, low income communities, and female members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

Representatives George Miller and Rosa DeLauro introduced a bill last week that aims to protect hourly workers from scheduling abuses and allow for greater flexibility and certainty around their work schedules.
Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

A bill introduced by Democrats to reverse the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case failed Wednesday.
LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

Several LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), citing increased concerns about the religious exemption included in the bill.
Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by prohibiting for-profit employers from refusing to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
President Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

President Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

At the White House annual LGBT Pride Month reception Monday night, President Obama reiterated his commitment to sign an executive order protecting transgender federal employees from discrimination.
Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Dozens of students, organizations, concerned citizens and U.S. Senators packed the small hearing room in Dirksen early this morning to show support for IVAWA and CEDAW--two critical tools the US hasn't taken action on in years.
President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples

President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples

Today, the White House called for a major benefit expansion that would boost same-sex couples.
Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country.
Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Instating 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Instating 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

The Missouri House voted last night, in the middle of an ongoing 3-day protest on the steps of the state capitol, to approve a measure that will triple Missouri's waiting period for an abortion procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Louisiana Senate Passes Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

Louisiana Senate Passes Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

The Louisiana Senate voted 34-3 to pass an omnibus abortion bill yesterday that would limit access to abortion in the state by imposing burdensome regulations on abortion providers and forcing women to wait longer to obtain an abortion.
Missouri Activists Stage 72-Hour Protest of Abortion Waiting Period

Missouri Activists Stage 72-Hour Protest of Abortion Waiting Period

Reproductive rights activists in Missouri are halfway through a 72-hour rally on the steps of the state capitol in protest of a state bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion.
Senator Lindsey Graham Pushes Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban

Senator Lindsey Graham Pushes Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban

The bill has no Democratic sponsors, but 41 Republican Senators have already pledged support of the bill.
Bill Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Re-Introduced

Bill Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Re-Introduced

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) re-introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act in the Senate and House last week.
Mississippi Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Into Law

Mississippi Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Into Law

“It’s time for these politicians to stop passing laws that attack constitutionally protected women’s health care and finally focus on policies that would support the health, lives, and rights of Mississippi women and families.”
Senate Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Senate Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits

The Senate voted 50-38 yesterday to approve a bill that would restore jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months.
Senate To Vote on Equal Pay Legislation

Senate To Vote on Equal Pay Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate will vote on equal pay legislation as soon as next week.