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Expanding Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Workers


Expanding Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Workers

In late December, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the omnibus spending bill which includes both the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) Act. Through the PWFA, workers will receive reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy and cannot be denied employment for needing accommodations. The PUMP Act requires employers to provide time and private space – aside from bathrooms – for all nursing workers to pump breast milk. These laws will provide pregnant and nursing workers the accommodations necessary to help them perform their jobs more efficiently, without sacrificing their own care.

Uniting to End Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

This month, the Women’s Bureau again joined the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign to help raise awareness and to call for the end of gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in the world of work. Pervasive and persistent, GBVH affects people around the world, where more than 1 in 5 workers have experienced violence and harassment at work.

To mark our continued commitment to ending GBVH and make sure survivors’ voices are represented in advancing public policy, we collaborated with the International Labor Organization on a virtual roundtable entitled, “Uniting to End Gender-Based Violence and Harassment: The Impact of Worker-Centered Education and Awareness.” The roundtable, held on December 7, was the second in the salon series and presented an opportunity to continue our collaborative work to strategize ways to eliminate GBVH. While the campaign, which began on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, concluded on Human Rights Day on December 10, we invite you to join us in these ongoing efforts.


If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Latina Equal Pay Day


PHOTO (left to right): Xochitl Oseguera, Vice President of MomsRising; Latifa Lyles, Special Assistant to the President for Gender Policy; Mónica Ramírez, Founder and President of Justice for Migrant Women; and Wendy Chun-Hoon, Women's Bureau Director
PHOTO (left to right): Xochitl Oseguera, Vice President of MomsRising; Latifa Lyles, Special Assistant to the President for Gender Policy; Mónica Ramírez, Founder and President of Justice for Migrant Women; and Wendy Chun-Hoon, Women's Bureau Director.


On December 8, we recognized Latina Equal Pay Day to bring awareness to the wage gap that Latina women continue to face nearly 60 years after the Equal Pay Act of 1963. There are more than 21.7 million Latinas, 18 and older, in the U.S. workforce. Latinas are overrepresented in service occupations and even when working full time, year round are paid about $11,000 less than the average for all women. To mark this day and advocate for more equitable policies, Women’s Bureau staff participated in several events, including the 2022 Latina Equal Pay Day Summit hosted by Justice for Migrant Women and the Equal Pay Today! Coalition, where WB Director Wendy Chun-Hoon joined the session Beyond the Paycheck. WB Regional Administrator Gina Rodriguez also spoke at the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics event.

Cancer Moonshot Week of Action

In February of this year, President Biden reignited the Cancer Moonshot, an effort launched in 2016 to accelerate the rate of progress against cancer. U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who is a cancer survivor and a member of POTUS’ Cancer Cabinet, celebrated the Cancer Moonshot week of action earlier this month by sharing new resources to help workers impacted by cancer.

International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day, recognized annually on December 18, is a time to both acknowledge the contributions migrant workers make and to advocate for their rights on the job. Joining several other agencies within the U.S. Department of Labor that are working to ensure the protection of migrant workers’ rights, the Women’s Bureau work includes making sure migrant women know their rights and have access to legal protections, particularly advocacy around gender-based violence and harassment.

Improving Working Conditions in Female-Dominated Jobs

On December 13, the Women’s Bureau hosted the second webinar in its two-part equity series, “Tipped Workers in the Restaurant Industry: Challenges and Solutions.” Women represent over two-thirds of tipped workers nationally – employees who regularly receive more than $30 per month in tips – and are hit especially hard by pay inequities, which leave them vulnerable to economic insecurity and sexual harassment, among other issues. WB Senior Advisor Gayle Goldin and Regional Administrator Jill Ashton joined and moderated a panel discussion focusing on solutions to the challenges subminimum wage workers experience in the workplace.

In Case You Missed It


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Blog Spotlight

The blog “Want Equal Pay? Get a Union,” co-authored by Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, was one of the Department of Labor’s most popular posts of 2022.

Nursing Expansion Grant Program

New DOL grant: Nursing Expansion Grant Program

The Department of Labor recently announced $80 million in grant funding to support nursing training programs for future nurses from historically underrepresented populations and underserved communities.

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