Dec. 18, 2013

December 18: Happy International Migrants Day!

On December 18, 1990, the UN General Assembly approved the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, which affirms the rights of all migrants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. A decade later, the United Nations officially designated December 18 as International Migrants Day. In 2003, the Convention “entered into force;” today, 45 countries have ratified or acceded to the Convention. For more information on International Migrants Day activities, visit www.nnirr.org.

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FILED UNDER: Immigrant Workers

Dec. 18, 2013

Priority Worker Protections in Immigration Reform

While progressives generally agree that worker rights should be protected in immigration reform, it may be less clearly understood which protections matter and should be defended most vigorously.  The Low Wage Workers Legal Network (including advocates at Texas Equal Justice Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Northwest Workers' Justice Project) have developed a helpful analysis of key worker protections included in S 744 and its counterpart, HB 15, current immigration reform proposals in Congress.

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Dec. 18, 2013

Immigrant Worker News Updates, December 18, 2013

Worker Who Reported Wage Theft Gets Reprieve from Deportation [Huffington Post]

Sandy Poses Special Problems for Immigrant Day Laborers Aiding Recovery Effort [WHYY]

New Municipal ID Card Legislation Hits Philadelphia City Council; Construction Worker ID Bill Advances [Philadelphia City Paper]

Del Monte Settles over Farm Worker Case [Press Enterprise]

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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.

Speakers include:

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.

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FILED UNDER: Agricultural Workers | Domestic/Homecare Workers | Immigrant Workers | Retaliation | State Departments of Labor

Nov. 15, 2013

Iowa Supreme Court Rules that Undocumented Workers Can Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Staff Management v. Jimenez that under Iowa's workers' compensation laws, undocumented workers are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.  The Court joins the majority of state courts who have reached this issue. The National Employment Law Project authored an amicus brief [link to amicus] in this case.

In its decision, the Court held that the enforcement of an employment contract does not undermine the policy purposes of the IRCA. Moreover, an employment contract with an undocumented worker does not inherently have an illegal purpose, and it is void as illegal merely because the contract is with an undocumented worker.  Moreover, the Court ruled that the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) does not preempt Iowa workers’ compensation law.

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