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Fair Chance Hiring – A Letter to Advocates on Messaging

Apple’s recent reversal of its firing of several construction employees shows some progress. Years of activists organizing to change employment attitudes towards people with records appear to be finally making a dent. With more than 70 million people in our country having an arrest or conviction on their records, a wider circle (including some Republicans) … Continue reading Fair Chance Hiring – A Letter to Advocates on Messaging



Client spotlight: With help from Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, Founder of Polyglotte Keyboards thrives in the tech world

Daniela Semeco speaks English, Spanish, French and German fluently, and she’s in the process of learning Italian, Portuguese and Russian. But for this Latina technology entrepreneur born in a bilingual and technological household in Caracas, Venezuela, the process of securing patents and trademarks was an area where she needed some help. That’s when she turned … Continue reading Client spotlight: With help from Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, Founder of Polyglotte Keyboards thrives in the tech world



Justice Denied & Families Torn Apart: The Case for AB 813

“This came for you in the mail from Immigration,” said Sann Chey’s* 13-year-old son as he plopped a large envelope down on the table next to where Sann Chey sat, helping his youngest son, age 11, struggle through his math homework. Sann Chey opened the package, expecting to find the green card that he had … Continue reading Justice Denied & Families Torn Apart: The Case for AB 813



Helping a community recover after a tragedy

In late January, a massive fire in San Francisco’s Mission District left a community reeling. In addition to the devastating impact on residents there, the four-alarm blaze displaced 36 small businesses. Many of the affected merchants—predominantly immigrant, low-income sole proprietors, including artists, restaurants, shops, delis, and others—were the lifeblood of the local business community. Unfortunately, they were left dealing … Continue reading Helping a community recover after a tragedy



Uber sued over illegal background checks and employee policies

In recent months, heightened attention has been paid to the background check practices of the ride-sharing company Uber. Concerns about the safety of Uber services prompted the District Attorney’s Offices of San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to file suit last December against Uber for misleading customers about the scope of its driver background checks. … Continue reading Uber sued over illegal background checks and employee policies