Court Stops Trump Administration from Rolling Back Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ Patients

August 17, 2020

On August 17, 2020, a New York federal court granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) from rolling back anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ patients.  On June 12, 2020, HHS issued new rules governing health programs administered by federal agencies or with the help of federal financial assistance.  Specifically, HHS repealed Obama-era rules that prohibited discrimination against gay and transgender patients by narrowing... [...]

Senate Democrats Propose College Athletes Bill of Rights

August 13, 2020

On August 13, 2020, Senate Democrats announced the framework for a College Athletes’ Bill of Rights seeking to “guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes.”  This landmark proposal confronts unjust policies enacted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) restricting college athletes from receiving compensation for their labor or advocating for stronger health and safety... [...]

ne Dead, Three Injured in Tragic Scaffolding Collapse in New York City

July 16, 2020

On July 16th, 2020, at approximately 4:20 p.m. one construction worker died and three others were hurt when a section of a 12-story building’s parapet – located on East 36th Street near Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill – fell from the top of the building on workers below.  Specifically, two workers were on a movable platform – similar to rigs used for washing windows – while repairing the building’s façade near the 11th floor when the section of parapet came crashing down on... [...]

Colorado Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

July 14, 2020

On July 14, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (“Act”), guaranteeing paid sick leave to Colorado workers.  Colorado joins 12 other states, including New York, and Washington, D.C. in enacting legislation that requires businesses to provide job-protected paid leave to its employees. . As of January 1, 2021, businesses (with 16 or more employees) must provide up to 48 hours of paid sick time to its employees – accruing at a rate of one... [...]

Philadelphia Passes Law Protecting Coronavirus Whistleblowers

July 01, 2020

While non-essential businesses across the United States are now beginning to re-open,  workers at grocery stores, department stores, pharmacies, parcel delivery services, and other essential businesses have been reporting to work for months, forced onto the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and  constantly putting their health at risk.  In some cases, these essential workers have done so without adequate safety measures in place.  Essential workers have taken various steps to try to... [...]

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