August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
July 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda ...[read more]
December 17, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Obama administration announced Monday that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin processing payments to surviving spouses of same-sex married couples. In a brief statement, Press Officer LaVenia LaVelle said, "I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is ...[read more]
October 4, 2013
by Sarah Steers
At the height of the Great Depression, US President Franklin Roosevelt requested legislation to aid Americans in times of economic need. On August 14, 1935, Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The original Act provided benefits to workers upon retirement at age 65, and based the ...[read more]
September 17, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday called on the Afghan government to strengthen humans rights efforts in preparation for presidential elections in April 2014 and the departure of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in late 2014. Pillay characterized this ...[read more]
September 13, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The California State Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that will allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to obtain driver's licenses. The bill, which the California Senate passed hours earlier, directs California's Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's ...[read more]
April 13, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson on Friday called on the international community to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism, warning that attacks on the country's infrastructure or security would undermine social cohesion within the country, impair inward ...[read more]
August 31, 2012
by Max Slater
The California State Assembly approved a bill on Thursday that allows some illegal immigrants who came to the US as children to obtain driver's licenses. The bill, which the state Senate approved on Wednesday, directs California's Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's licenses to people ...[read more]
July 10, 2012
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk holds an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In the second entry of a two-part series, she argues for changes in social policy to address food security... The dramatic population growth in developing countries raises concerns about particular ...[read more]
June 8, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Columnist Courtney Joslin, writing the sixth installment of a column authored by the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Law, says that a Supreme Court decision regarding Social Security benefits for children conceived through in vitro fertilization may have ...[read more]

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