Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers if the Air Quality is Unhealthy Due to Wildfire Smoke

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Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers if the Air Quality is Unhealthy Due to Wildfire Smoke

Posted on October 29, 2019

Thank you Cal/OSHA for providing these reminders of how employers can help protect workers exposed to wildfire dangers.   

AB 629 Human Trafficking Victims Compensation Bill Receives Governor’s Signature

Posted on October 10, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2019                      Contact: Danni.Wang@asm.ca.gov (661) 286-1565   Smith Human Trafficking Victims Compensation Bill Receives Governor’s Signature SACRAMENTO, CA — Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) is pleased to announce that her Assembly Bill (AB) 629 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom this week as part of the package Continue Reading »

Bet Tzedek calls passage of SB616 a victory for low-income Californians seeking debt relief

Posted on October 8, 2019

Bet Tzedek is thrilled to share that after two years of non-stop advocacy, the California Low Income Consumer Coalition (of which Bet Tzedek is a founding member) (as sponsor) and Senator Wieckowski (as author) have succeeded in achieving a historic statutory victory for Californians struggling with debt.  Debt collectors have the right to put a Continue Reading »

Employees of Popular Beverly Hills Bar and Restaurant File Lawsuit in response to Years-Long Scheme to Steal Wages

Posted on August 22, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bet Tzedek Contact: Allison Lee, alee@bettzedek.org   August 19, 2019, LOS ANGELES, CA – Bet Tzedek and Handley Farah & Anderson filed a lawsuit on behalf of current and former employees of Caffe Roma, a popular bar and restaurant in Beverly Hills frequented by Hollywood elites, alleging that for years Caffe Roma Continue Reading »

Public Charge Rule – What You Need to Know Right Now

Posted on August 12, 2019

The Trump administration has just issued a new regulation on what it means to be a public charge and how receiving public benefits can result in a denial of an application for a green card/legal permanent residency. Which Benefits Are Affected? Federal, state, local and tribal cash assistance, and long-term care SNAP (CalFresh, or “food Continue Reading »

Bet Tzedek: Rapid Response Immigration Update

Posted on July 12, 2019

With the current immigration climate, many families with mixed immigration status are faced with the harsh reality that they could be torn apart. We advise families to make a family emergency plan in preparation for this worst-case scenario. If you do not have legal status, or you are not a citizen and have minor children Continue Reading »

Garment Workers Will No Longer Wait Years for Stolen Wages

Posted on June 29, 2019

  Governor Newsom’s First Budget Includes Millions for Historically Insolvent Restitution Fund   Los Angeles, CA – Garment workers are the backbone of L.A.’s manufacturing sector. They contribute to the profitability of California’s massive retail industry, but tens of thousands of garment workers are routinely underpaid—or not paid at all—for work performed. Most never recoup Continue Reading »

2018 Annual Report

Posted on May 3, 2019

As we race through 2019, with more work to do to repair a broken justice system than ever, it’s good to take a look back at 2018, and reflect on real progress made together last year. 

Smith Advances Legislation to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Posted on March 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Smith (D-Santa Clarita) and joint-author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) moved forward AB 629 to help human trafficking victims rebuild their lives. The bill is cosponsored by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Assembly Bill 629 would make human trafficking victims eligible to receive compensation Continue Reading »

When going green brings an unexpected financial burden

Posted on March 6, 2019

In the words of Bet Tzedek Attorney Jenna Miara, “There is a much better way to get green energy improvements in LA County. It cannot be on the backs of low-income consumers who get saddled with these loans that are tied to their homes.” KCRW reporter Anna Scott writes about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Continue Reading »

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