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Amicus Brief Supports State Supreme Court Appeal of Man Denied Unemployment Benefits While Incarcerated on Weekends

The Public Interest Law Center, together with other legal advocacy organizations, filed an amicus brief in support of an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from a decision by the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review that interpreted state law to deny unemployment benefits to an individual who was incarcerated on weekends.

Law Center Signs Letter Opposing The ADA Education and Reform Act

For over 27 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) has served millions of people with disabilities. However, on July 26, 2017, the anniversary of the ADA, many business associations signed onto a letter of support for the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). This act would hinder people with […]

Amicus Brief in Support of Man Unlawfully Denied Unemployment Benefits

The Public Interest Law Center, in partnership with the Homeless Advocacy Project and Community Legal Services, filed an amicus brief in an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by Daniel Harmon who was unlawfully denied unemployment benefits. The Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Board of Review’s ruling that denied Mr. Harmon’s unemployment benefits undermines efforts by state […]

Law Center Director Speaks Out in Favor of City Ban-the Box Ordinance

Minutes before Philadelphia’s City Council voted on a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance on March 31st, 2011, Law Center Executive Director Jennifer Clarke argued in favor of the proposal, which bans employers from asking about a job applicant’s convictions during the initial phase of the hiring process.

Law Center Comments on Proposal to Reduce Discrimination Caused by Criminal Record Checks

At the invitation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Law Center submitted comments in January 2010 on new proposed legal guidance regarding the use of criminal records checks to exclude job applicants.

Testimony on PA Human Relations Commission

Law Center Independence Fellow Julie Foster testified to the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Comments on PA’s Plan to Transition to Integrated Services for People with Disabilities

Pennsylvania will transition its current Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBS) services system to a system that delivers services in integrated settings.

Comments on Law that could Help People with Disabilities Work in the Community

Currently, many people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities spend their days in sheltered workshops working for a sub-minimum wage. They are segregated from the rest of society and perpetually dependent on Medicaid to pay for their placement at the workshop.

Law Center Signs on to Vocational Rehab Letter

On June 1, 2015, the Law Center signed on to a letter to support the Advocates for Community Employment (ACE) and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Real Wages, Real Work for People with Disabilities

An article on sheltered workshops by Julie Foster and Sonja Kerr as published in The Legal Intelligencer on May 29, 2015.