Nurses Suspended for Refusing to Treat COVID-19 Patients Without Proper PPE

Source: Associated Press April 16, 2020 A nurse who led a protest in Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, demanding protective N95 masks when treating COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients, has been suspended for his actions. Mike Gulick was dismayed to learn that the hospital was not providing the standard of personal protective equipment …

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New York State Enacts Law Banning Discrimination Based on “Reproductive-Health” Decisions

Effective November 8, 2019, New York State passed a non-discrimination law addressing protections for employees and their reproductive and sexual health decisions, giving these employees protected status. What the Law Covers The New York State Labor Law, Section 203-e focuses on the protection of “reproductive health decision making,” defined as “including, but not limited to, …

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FAIR Act Passes the House but Faces a Steep Climb in the Senate

In mid-September 2019, lawmakers in the House of Representatives (“House”) passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR). This bill bars businesses from forcing their employees, as well as their customers, to resolve legal disputes via private arbitration. With arbitration, there is no jury, no judge, and very little governmental oversight. Arbitration clauses, often seen …

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Protection Against Retaliation for Accommodation Requests in New York City

The New York City Council passed Intro 799 this past June. This ordinance is awaiting the mayor’s signature, and it will protect individuals who request reasonable accommodations from retaliation by their employers. What does this mean for you? The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most progressive anti-discrimination laws in the …

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Parental Leave Policy Prompts Lawsuit, Settlement by JPMorgan Chase

On May 30, 2019, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached an agreement in a class-action lawsuit regarding its parental leave policies. The father who initiated the case had been denied the 16 weeks of paid parental leave offered by the company because he was deemed not to be the child’s primary caregiver. The proposed settlement will …

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New Proposal Limits Ability of Employees to Sue Franchise Companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) announced on April 1, 2019, that it plans to limit the ability of employees to pursue claims against companies based on the actions of their franchise owners or contractors.  While employees could still take legal action against their local franchise holder or contractor, the new proposal would prevent them …

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New Regulations Prevent Discrimination Based on Hairstyle in New York City

According to an article published in The New York Times, New York City has announced its intention to take another step forward in protecting individuals from discrimination within city limits.  The New York City Commission on Human Rights released new guidelines on February 18, 2019, that will prohibit discrimination against people because of their hairstyle …

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Developments in Treatment of Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace can take many forms. In some cases, women may be passed over for promotion or refused accommodations simply due to their physical condition. Employers may even fire pregnant women if they complain about adverse treatment. Understanding the various aspects of discrimination against women who become pregnant can help …

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