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New NLRB test makes employee discipline easier

The National Labor Relations Board has made it easier for employers to discipline employees who swear or make derogatory statements to their supervisors. In recent years it has become increasingly more difficult for employers to discipline or fire employees, even ...

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MCBA leaving Telesca Center

The Monroe County Bar Association next month plans to leave its space at the Telesca Center for Justice downtown as a result of financial burdens made worse by the COVID-19 outbreak. MCBA leadership in a letter to members on the ...

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EJC enters lawsuit against reducing publicly available housing data

Empire Justice Center has joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to overturn a new rule that frees thousands of financial institutions from reporting data that is key to uncovering housing discrimination. The National Community Reinvestment ...

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State AG leads charge to fight health care rule

New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a coalition of 23 attorneys general in a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that reportedly makes it easier for healthcare providers and insurance companies to discriminate against certain protected ...

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NY to end debt-based license suspensions

A bill that limits the grounds for the suspension of driver’s licenses and provides for income-based payment plans for fines and fees is headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. A7463B/S5348, pertaining to New York vehicle and traffic law, recently passed ...

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DHS lifts ban on New York’s Trusted Traveler Program

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday said it will lift its ban on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) for New York residents, following the amendment of the Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. In response ...

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Automatic Voter Registration passes state Legislature

A bill that will allow eligible New Yorkers to automatically register to vote when they interact with certain government agencies has passed both houses of the state Legislature and is headed to the governor’s office for signature. The “New York ...

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Domestic violence agency returns to Hall of Justice

Willow Domestic Violence Center court advocates are back in the Hall of Justice following three months of remote assistance during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Willow advocates assist survivors of domestic abuse who are seeking an order of protection ...

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U.S. backs off online classes rule

In a rare move, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a controversial directive that would have barred international students from taking all of their classes online this fall. Facing lawsuits backed by more than 200 colleges and 18 states, including ...

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AG James leads push to recognize ERA

New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a coalition of 19 attorneys general and one governor in a fight to recognize the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. An amendment requires three-quarters of states ...

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David Gantt leaves legacy of serving the underserved

Longtime state Assemblyman and civil rights advocate David Gantt died Wednesday. He was 78. Mr. Gantt was born in 1941, in Opp, Ala. He was the oldest of five brothers, growing up in a single-parent household with humble beginnings. His ...

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