Nov. 15, 2013
Upcoming Webinar: California’s New Immigrant Worker Protections
In its most recent legislative session, California has enacted groundbreaking new laws to protect immigrant workers. The result of dedicated organizing and advocacy, California’s immigrant workers will benefit from these historical developments. Join our upcoming webinar where advocates intimately involved in the push for these bills will review the implications of these new laws for workers, and discuss next steps for implementation. The webinar will cover the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, new laws designed to protect immigrant workers from retaliation by their employers, and new protections for carwash and agricultural workers.
Rocio Avila, Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, GGU
Eunice Hyunhye Cho, National Employment Law Project
Nicole Marquez, Worksafe, Inc.
Michael Marsh, California Rural Legal Aid
Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center
Mark Schacht, California Rural Legal Aid Foundation
Caitlin Vega, California Labor Federation
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:00-11:30 AM PST. The webinar is free of charge. To register, visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3nesh8lt76hg&eom.Read More >
Nov. 1, 2013
Fact Sheet: New CA Worker Protections Against Retaliation / Protections for Immigrant Workers
The National Employment Law Project has developed a fact sheet on California’s newly-passed laws that provide all workers with strengthened protection against employer retaliation—including specific protections for immigrant workers. The bills, AB 263, AB 524, and SB 666, will take effect on January 1, 2014.
Highlights of the new laws include:
-Strengthened California Labor Code protections against retaliation for all workers, including broadened grounds for findings of employer retaliation, broadened protection for whistleblowers, the ability of workers to update their personal information without fear of retaliation, and increased penalties of up to $10,000 for employer retaliation.
-Clarification that workers may bring a civil suit under the California Labor Code without administrative exhaustion.
-New protections against immigration-related threats by employers, including suspension of business license for employers who retaliate against workers who exercise their workplace rights by threatening to report or reporting immigration status (including witnesses and family members).
-Attorneys may be disciplined, suspended, or disbarred for threatening to report or for reporting immigrant workers involved in an administrative hearing or a civil suit.
-Threats to report immigration status in order to obtain something of value from an individual may constitute criminal extortion under the California Criminal Code. Extortion is also a U-visa certifiable crime.
Join a webinar on this and other new California immigrant worker protections on November 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST. To register, visit:Read More >
Nov. 28, 2012
Immigrant Hilton Hotel Workers Reach Major Settlement Over Workplace Violations
Congratulations to the UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center!
LONG BEACH, Calif. Eighteen hotel employees reached a $130,000 settlement with HEI Hotels and Resorts over denial of meal and rest breaks required by California law. The settlement arose from claims filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement by employees of the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center, owned and managed by HEI.
In hearings before the Labor Commissioner, workers described facing direct pressure from supervisors to work through meals and to skip rest breaks to keep up with increasingly heavy workloads. Some employees suffered injuries due to the unremitting nature of their work. Employees in the hotel’s kitchen, restaurant, room service, banquet services and housekeeping departments stepped forward to participate in the legal action. Most of the workers are “back of the house” monolingual Spanish speakers.Read More >
Jun. 14, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho
Immigrant Worker News Updates, June 14, 2012
“No Justice, No Piece”: Pizza Company Accused of Targeting Immigrant Strikers, Threatening Reverification [InTheseTimes]
Home Care Workers Can’t Wait [Sacramento Bee]
Central California Growers Struggle With Farmworker Shortage [Newobserver.com]
CA Department of Industrial Relations Partners with Watsonville Law Center to Provide Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries [MarketWatch]
Employers in South Say That AZ-Style Immigration Laws Threaten Their Industries [Journal.us]Read More >
Apr. 23, 2012
Immigrant Worker News Update, April 23, 2012
U.S. News and World Report Covers Constitutionality of Arizona's SB 1070 [USNWR]
Domestic Workers Set To Rally For Stronger Enforcement of NY Domestic Workers Bill of Rights [NY Daily News]
How Mississippi's Black/Brown Alliance Beat the South's Anti-Immigrant Strategy [Indypendent]
Georgia Again Tries to Replace Immigrant Workers with Inmates [ThinkProgress]
Chamber of Commerce Sues Department of Labor over Guestworker Rule Change [International Business Times]
Agricultural Labor Relations Board Fights to Reinstate Watsonville Farmworker [Monterey Herald]