He’s the Tax Man, Yeah….

Ok, bad enough if YOU haven’t filed your taxes yet, but make sure your Earned Income Tax Credit (“EITC”) clients get theirs in! Check out the update The 2004 Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Kit from our friends at the…

It’s broke, but this won’t fix it….

This just in … Congress’ Proposed TANF Work Requirements Do Not Work for California, a new report from the California Budget Project. Two for the price you one, you get the analysis of how the House and Senate Finance bills…

Labor rights for “irregular” workers

Doesn’t matter if you are small, medium, or large, or even in “irregular” immigration status. According to a recent advisory opinion of the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, undocumented workers are entitled to the same labor rights, including wages owed,…

Quarterly Reporting to die for

Just for you reporting junkies (or those confused by the 138-page ACL), the state has posted 3, count ‘em, sets of Q&A’s on Quarterly Reporting. And, looks like there’s more to come!

On-line food

Ok, not really, but close. The California Department of Social Services has a new Food Stamps website, which includes an on-line Food Stamps application! Just print it, fill it out, and troop on down to your local County Welfare Department…….

Quarterly Reporting made easy

Can’t get through the 138-page state All County Letter on Quarterly Reporting? Feeling mystified about how to report, despite those 8-point font state instructions? Here’s an easier to use 2-page brochure that highlights the main issues.

Battered by the system…

A survey conducted by LIFETIME found that of 900 CalWORKs mothers nearly a third of respondents were battered women who had been denied domestic violence counseling and services under state implementation of welfare reform. State data indicates that less than…

“Oh Where, Oh Where Has Our Work Gone?”

To India, in the case of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system, the mandatory delivery system for Food Stamps Benefits. Morgan Chase/CitiCorp, which has the contract to operate EBT in California, has sent its Customer Service work abroad, following the…

A workfare worker is an employee by any other name

Workfare, shmerk-fare. The Second Circuit federal court has held that working in exchange for welfare benefits brings you into the coverage of Title VII employment laws. The Court further held that the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reform Act did…

Just speak louder!

No, that’s not how to deal with a lack of English language skills! And neither is finding testimony inconsistent and non-credible when the examination is done in a person’s 2nd (non-primary) language, according to a recent 7th Circuit decision. Reversing…