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Policies lack for nonbinary workers in certain professions


In most jobs, gender identity and biological sex do not matter. Individuals who identify as female, male or nonbinary can, without question, serve as doctors, lawyers, architects, baristas and Uber drivers. Certain professions, however, have requirements that could lead to ...

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Nixon Peabody dedicated to advancing diversity within the firm


Nixon Peabody LLP is shifting its industry-leading Diversity Challenge to enable attorneys to count their diversity work toward billable hours. In 2010, the law firm launched its innovative Diversity Challenge, calling on attorneys to dedicate at least 40 hours annually ...

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State Assembly reviewing ‘Kyra’s Law,’ aimed at bolstering child protections

Kyra Franchetti

In 2016, 2-year-old Kyra Franchetti was shot twice by her father while she slept. He then set the house on fire and committed suicide. Kyra’s mother, Jacqueline Franchetti, had warned Family Court officials that her ex-boyfriend was mentally unstable and ...

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Local production company’s film featured in national campaign Free to Drive

Desiree, left, from "Desiree's Story," with a doctor (photo provided).

A locally produced short film has been featured in a national campaign to end debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Rochester-based production company Fish & Crown Creative’s short film, “Desiree’s Story,” was produced for use by Free to Drive, a national campaign ...

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New York AG report details patient neglect, other conduct during pandemic

In this Aug. 6 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James adjusts her glasses during a press conference in New York. New York may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents by as much as 50%, the state’s attorney general said in a report released Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.  James has, for months, been examining discrepancies between the number of deaths being reported by the state’s Department of Health, and the number of deaths reported by the homes themselves. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

A new report from New York Attorney General Letitia James on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes has community members and organizations statewide calling for answers and looking for solutions. Thursday’s report — a sprawling, in-depth 76-page document — details an ...

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First female attorney appointed Monroe County public administrator


Two Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC attorneys have been appointed to serve as Monroe County public administrator and deputy public administrator. Cressida Dixon has been appointed to serve as public administrator, the first female attorney to serve in the role ...

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New GRAWA committee helps women navigate the shoals of leadership

Rebecca Indralingham

When Rebecca Indralingam was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2017, she went directly into practicing solo. It was admittedly a little traumatic for her. “I went into criminal defense and family law,” Indralingam said. “I know how ...

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Cuomo addresses domestic and gender based-violence

Leslie Silva

Ending domestic violence and sexual assault has been an important piece of New York state’s agenda for several years, but this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to address domestic and gender-based violence head on. Cuomo in his State of the ...

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Rochester trucking company owner charged with lying on paperwork

The federal government is proposing physical limits on how fast large trucks and buses can travel. (ThinkStock)

A Rochester business owner has been charged with lying to the Federal Motor Commission Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to hide the fact that his company was affiliated with another company he controlled. The charges carry a ...

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NYSBA urges state to mandate COVID-19 vaccine


The New York Bar Association last week called on the state to consider mandating a COVID-19 vaccine if voluntary measures fail to protect public health. The association’s House of Delegates approved a resolution on Nov. 7 outlining conditions for requiring ...

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Redlining history linked to COVID-19 prevalence

Rochester redlining maps. (Provided)

Less than a century ago, the Home Owners Loan Corp., a now-defunct federal agency, went into neighborhoods nationwide to map them in order to inform the government on the default risk for loans they wanted to purchase from banks. The ...

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Trump adds new restrictions to H-1B visas, limiting immigration of skilled workers


The Trump Administration has again changed rules making H-1B visas harder to obtain, prompting pushback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and at least a dozen other parties, including the University of Rochester. On Oct. ...

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