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May 20, 2016 | Issues: , ,

New Federal Regulations Expand Overtime Pay Guidelines

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new regulations expanding the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay. Starting this December, under the new overtime rules, salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay if they are paid $47,476 a year or less. The new rules also require the salary threshold to be…

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May 16, 2016 | Issues:

NCLR Advocating for Several CA LGBT Rights Bills

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, as we do every year, is working hard to pass legislation to advance LGBT rights and protect LGBT individuals in California. This year we are co-sponsoring, along with Equality California, two first of their kind in the nation bills. One would prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for travel…

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May 13, 2016 | Issues:

New Healthcare Rules Provide Important Protections for People of Color and People with Disabilities

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new rules  today confirming that LGBT people are protected against healthcare discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. These new rules confirm that healthcare services and coverage cannot be denied based on an individual’s sex, including their gender identity, nonconformity with sex…

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April 7, 2016 | Issues:

North Carolina’s War Against Gender-Nonconforming People

Last month, North Carolina enacted HB2, one of the most viciously anti-civil rights laws in the country. In addition to repealing local minimum wage laws and local protections for LGBT people, HB2 stripped women, people of color, and other protected groups of the ability to bring discrimination cases in state courts. HB2 also openly attacked…

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March 16, 2016 | Issues:

NCLR Joins Coalition Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Lift Ban on Urgently Needed Immigration Reforms

  The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has joined a coalition of more than 300 civil rights, immigration, labor, and social service groups in an amicus brief in U.S. v. Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to move forward. The filing of the amicus brief comes…

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March 8, 2016 | Issues:

BIG NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Alabama’s Assault on LGBT Adoptive Parents

Monday, in a ruling that will protect LGBT parents across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court sharply rebuked the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to recognize a Georgia adoption by a lesbian mother, our client. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in our case was unusual in three ways. First, it reversed the Alabama Supreme Court’s…

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March 7, 2016 | Issues:

Gender Affirming Services for all California Foster Children

NCLR is proud to collaborate with Family Builders and the Center for the Study of Social Policy on getR.E.A.L. California–an initiative aimed at promoting the healthy sexual and identity development of all children involved with the California child welfare system. The initiative partners have produced a new issue brief aimed at helping child welfare professionals…

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March 1, 2016 | Issues:

Supreme Court Order Marks the End of Legal Challenges to New Jersey’s Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors

On February 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Doe v. Christie, a case challenging New Jersey’s law prohibiting state-licensed therapists from engaging in the discredited practice of conversion therapy with patients under 18 years of age. The Supreme Court’s order allows the law to remain in full effect and marks the final…

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February 29, 2016 | Issues:

What the Supreme Court’s Abortion Case Means For LGBT Community

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, the legal challenge to Texas House Bill 2 that severely restricts a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. This will be the first time the Supreme Court takes up the issue of abortion in more than 20…

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February 26, 2016 | Issues:

Alex’s Story: A Triumph of Courage, Authenticity, and Hope

When I first heard the story of what was happening to Alex in St. George, Utah a few years ago, I could not believe it. I’m from Utah, and I know it can be tough for LGBT kids there, but I had no idea that charlatans could torture and keep prisoner a young girl based on…

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