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Obama Signs Order Requiring Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations

Friday, August 1, 2014

President Obama on July 31 signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, requiring federal contractors – before they can receive new federal contracts – to disclose labor law violations that have occurred in the last three years.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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Ellison, Lewis Announce Legislation to Protect Workers' Right to Organize

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Reps. Keith Ellison, D. Minn., and John Lewis, D. Ga., at a July 30 press conference announced legislation to bolster protections for workers who face discrimination as a result of efforts to form or join a labor union.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Obama to Reform Deportation Policy

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On July 1, President Obama announced that his administration would take executive action to reform our broken immigration system, with an eye toward reducing unnecessary deportations. The changes could have far-reaching implications for millions of immigrant families who are suffering as a result of the current system.

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Categories: Immigration

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

Monday, July 21, 2014

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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Categories: LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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Fifth Circuit Upholds University of Texas Admissions Policy

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld, for a second time, the University of Texas’ consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court rejected the case of Abigail Fisher, a White student not accepted to the University of Texas in 2008 who claimed she was refused entrance due to the university’s affirmative action policy.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity

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The Leadership Conference Submits Shadow Report to CERD Committee

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund – with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the NAACP – this week submitted a shadow report, “Falling Further Behind: Combating Racial Discrimination in America,” to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, or CERD.

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Categories: Human Rights, Resources and Reports

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Sentencing Commission: Reduced Drug Sentencing Guidelines Apply Retroactively

Friday, July 18, 2014

In a decision released on Friday, the United States Sentencing Commission applied its April drug amendment – a comprehensive two-level reduction in guidelines sentencing for defendants in drug trafficking cases – retroactively without limitation, meaning that many offenders currently in prison could be eligible for reduced sentences beginning November 2015.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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White Finally Confirmed to Federal Bench in Missouri

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nearly 15 years after a thwarted nomination for a seat on the same bench, the Senate today confirmed the nomination of Ronnie White to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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Categories: Judiciary

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EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Monday released guidance on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers – the first guidance of its kind in more than 30 years.

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Categories: Discrimination, Women's Rights

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Henderson: Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change

Monday, July 7, 2014

During the Rethinking Accountability conference last month in Washington, D.C., Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that by supporting the Common Core State Standards – which he calls “an important part of driving equitable change in our public school system” – we are also supporting greater investments in education to prepare effective teachers and provide the resources students need to succeed.

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Categories: Education, Equal Opportunity

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