Though substantively similar, the two states’ laws arrived at and passed their state legislatures in vastly different ways.
U.S. activists were instrumental to the passage of international domestic workers’ treaty—which the U.S. is unlikely to ratify in the near future.
Reproductive rights advocates scored a couple of victories last week while the Supreme Court considers the impact of allowing patents on human genetic material.
Finally, some good news on the reproductive rights beat.
California has plans to experiment with a retirement program that could cost the state nothing in taxes but could greatly help many of individuals who rely heavily on Social Security. Unfortunately, it may not cover the growing ranks of freelance workers.
While the Supreme Court took up marriage equality, the NRA and anti-abortion groups joined forces to block an important judicial appointment.
“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”
Reparative therapy, sometimes referred to as “praying away the gay,” has been proven ineffective and harmful. But when questioned about a bill to ban the practice in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie stumbled.
As a likely swing vote in the upcoming marriage equality cases, Justice Kennedy may push the issue back to the states.
Organizing in Georgia and Illinois shows that the domestic workers’ movement is not exclusive to predictable blue states.