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Check out the latest news on the Women’s Economic Security Act and related efforts.

Women’s equity bill marks progress

MANKATO FREE PRESS (April 29, 2014) —  A bipartisan proposal moving through the Legislature will help right an economic playing field that has long been tilted against women.  The Women’s Economic Security Act makes moderate and sensible changes to laws that will help eliminate cultural and legal impediments for women in the workplace.

Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss WESA provision

SESSION DAILY (April 30, 2014) – If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Conference committee agrees on Women’s Economic Security Act

MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO (May 6, 2014)  –  A House-Senate conference committee has reached an agreement on a bill designed to improve working conditions for women.The agreement would expand unpaid family leave and require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would also provide money to help increase the number of women working in

Minnesota House approves women’s employment rights bill

PIONEER PRESS (May 7, 2014) —  Despite pleas from business to slow down, the Minnesota House gave final approval Wednesday to a women’s employment rights bill that supporters say will level the playing field. New parents would be entitled to longer unpaid leaves. Mothers would find more private space at work to nurse, other than a

Senate sends Dayton women’s workplace rights bill

ASSOCIATED PRESS (May 8, 2014) – A bill called a hallmark update to Minnesota’s workplace protections for women headed Thursday to Gov. Mark Dayton for his expected signature.  

Bill taking aim at job gender gap advances

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE (April 24, 2014) — An ambitious measure to close the gender pay gap and provide better workplace protections for women could soon be on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature into law. The Women’s Economic Security Act, a cluster of nine bills aimed at female workers, easily cleared the

Women’s Economic Security Act clears Minnesota Senate

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE ( April 23, 2014) — A wide-ranging measure that promotes equal pay for women and protections for pregnant and nursing women as well as victims of domestic abuse cleared the Minnesota Senate by a wide margin Wednesday.

Letter: Providing opportunities for women is key to Minnesota’s economic future

SUN FOCUS (April 17, 2014) — Minnesota’s economy is heading in the right direction and our middle and working classes are growing stronger. Minnesota employers created 45,000 jobs last year, the unemployment rate dropped to one of the lowest in the country, and our state has a strong budget surplus of $1.2 billion. However, women

Pass the Women’s Economic Security Act

MINNESOTA DAILY (April 15, 2014) — Minnesota may take a big step forward on pay equality if the state Legislature passes the Women’s Economic Security Act.  The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Center on Women and Public Policy supported the bill with its own research. Minnesota women currently make 80 cents to their male counterparts’

Women’s Economic Security Act approved

SESSION UPDATE (April 23, 2014) — Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, presents her proposal that doubles unpaid maternity leave, expands family sick leave, and provides incentives for women to open their own businesses.