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House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House voted Wednesday to cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees and extend their probationary period, making it easier to fire new staffers. The “VA Accountability Act of 2015” was approved with a 256 – 170 vote, largely, though not strictly, along party lines, despite a White House veto threat. Rep. Jeff […]

How Many Salaried Workers in Your State Would Gain Overtime Protections under the New Proposed Threshold?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay covered workers 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for each hour of work per week beyond 40 hours.

White House calls for upgrade to law protecting consumer cloud data from law enforcement

The law that protects the privacy of consumer data in the cloud, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), was written in 1986 before the cloud even existed, and the White House has now endorsed a petition to have the law upgraded. At its We The People petition website, the White House yesterday officially endorsed a petition […]

When Planned Parenthood Attacks: How a Pro-Life Mom and State Rep. Lost Her Seat Serving North Dakota

State Representative Grande made national headlines as the author of the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, passed by wide majorities in the State Legislature and signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) in 2013. A lawsuit from Planned Parenthood state affiliates quickly followed.

Right-wing unites behind anti-LGBT 'First Amendment Defense Act'

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador is pushing a license to discriminate bill in Congress—the 'First Amendment Defense Act.' The right wing is coalescing around the newly introduced First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which aims to protect the 'religious freedom' of tax-exempt organizations and individuals who oppose same-sex marriage (i.e. Show More Summary

Should Therapists Have to Report Patients Who Viewed Child Pornography?

A new law meant to protect children could lead to fewer pedophiles getting treatment before acting on their sexual impulses.

Momentum Builds: Corporate Giants Announce Support for Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

Eight leading American corporations--including major Fortune 500 companies--announce support for comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination legislation in days following introduction of Equality Act

Go Set a Watchdog?

New Jersey struck a blow against a “job duties” exception to whistleblower suits, this time in the context of the state’s expansive Conscientious Employee Protection Act. In Lippman v. Ethicon the state Supreme Court rejected a concerted effort to deny...

Seven Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.  As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.

Creepy: NY cop accused of sexually abusing 16-year-old girl at two cemeteries

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A 34-year-old police officer in Watervliet, New York faces several felony counts of criminal sex acts against a 16-year-old girl he met while serving as a school protection officer, WNYT-TV reported. Investigators said Joshua Spratt met the girl while working at Watervliet High School, and engaged...

The Risk of Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain

Today, the U.S. State Department released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This report ranks countries based on efforts to comply with the standards in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. When many people thing about human trafficking, they recall news reports about the kidnapping and sale of women and [...]

Rep. David Cicilline: LGBT People Are Entitled To 'Full Equality'

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Equality Act,  an historic, comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill, was introduced in both the Senate and the House last week. The bill will expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other laws to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Show More Summary

‘He’s In A Dark Place Now’ — Ben Affleck’s Best Friends Struggling To ‘Protect’ Him Post-Split

Publicly, Ben Affleck is relying on his acting skills to appear he’s weathering his split from Jennifer Garner just fine — but behind the scenes he’s a total mess. Now… READ ON

LGBT Supportive Republicans Balk at Lining Up Behind Equality Act

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin has said the fight for full federal LGBT non-discrimination protections will be “our biggest yet,” and there’s every indication that the newly introduced Equality Act will face an uphill… The post LGBT Supportive Republicans Balk at Lining Up Behind Equality Act appeared first on Towleroad.

Campus SaVE Act Responds to College Campus Sexual Violence

There is an important backstory to the fight for protecting students from sexual violence. It dates back to 1986, when 19-year-old student Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University.

Matt Baume Debunks the Crazy, Anti-gay Conspiracy Claims About the LGBT Equality Act: WATCH

5 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The Equality Act was introduced just yesterday but the anti-gay crowd has already begun the smear campaign against the bill to extend non-discrimination protections to all LGBT Americans. Thankfully, we have brilliant minds like Matt Baume to debunk… The post Matt Baume Debunks the Crazy, Anti-gay Conspiracy Claims About the LGBT Equality Act: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad.

How Everyone is Positively Impacted by The Equality Act

While The Equality Act provides much-needed protections for the LGBT community in all 50 states, it would additionally strengthen protections for all men, women and racial, ethnic and religious minorities.

HRC Joins Call in Fight for Federal Equality for LGBT Americans on Capitol Hill

Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin spoke on Capitol Hill about The Equality Act, which would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people in many of the most important aspects of their lives.

How Poverty Stunts Kids' Brain Development

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

When U.S. scientists confirmed that lead exposure from gasoline caused permanent mental disability, deafness and a host of other health problems, the Environmental Protection Agency acted swiftly in 1973, calling for the incrementalShow More Summary

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