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HTMLThe Long History of GM’s Ignition Switch Cover Up
Jodi Westbrook Flowers; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
GM’s ignition switch defect has now been linked to 38 deaths to date. The ignition switch problem was so obvious that customers, journalists and even GM employees were reporting the problem a decade before GM finally admitted the issue and recalled the cars.


HTMLMaine Human Rights Commission Amends Complaint Procedures
Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 9, 2015
Any employer that has ever been part of a Maine Human Rights Commission investigation has learned firsthand that the process can be long, frustrating and often-times unfair. Due to chronic understaffing at the Commission, the investigation process can be agonizingly slow and drag on for up to two...


HTMLAn ICE Detainer is Merely a Request - Not a Requirement
Jim Cornwell, Michelle L. Warden; Sands Anderson PC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015
Law enforcement officers and agencies are often faced with deciding whether they are required to detain an otherwise releasable prisoner when there is a detainer on the prisoner from the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) on file. The Commonwealth of...


HTMLPerformance anxiety
Christina Morton; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 28, 2014
Last week was Anti-Bullying Week. I confess that this annual event, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, passed me by this year, despite the fact that earlier in the month I had been discussing the problem of bullying with a group of managers involved in arts organizations.


HTMLUpdate on Transgender Rights in the Workplace
Rachael M. Coe, Rachael Jeanfreau, Eve B. Masinter; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015
Transgender rights in the workplace continue to materialize and develop in the wake of the EEOC’s 2012 landmark Macy v. Holder decision, which provided a Title VII employment discrimination cause of action for transgender plaintiffs in the federal employment context.


HTMLOHRC Issues Statement on Sexual Harassment
Maria Kotsopoulos; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
Perhaps not surprisingly given all the media attention on the issue of sexual harassment in recent months, the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently issued a statement regarding sexual harassment and Ontario¿s Human Rights Code.


HTMLNWT Human Rights Commission's Early Resolution Process - Beware!
Glenn D. Tait; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 3, 2015, previously published on July 23, 2014
The NWT Human Rights Commission has recently established an Early Resolution policy and procedure. This policy represents an effort to resolve complaints within 60 days of their being filed.


HTMLOCR Issues Ebola Guidance on HIPAA Privacy
Joseph J. Lazzarotti; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 2, 2015, previously published on November 11 2014
According to the New York Times, Bellevue Hospital Center patient Craig Spencer, the first New Yorker to be infected with Ebola, is scheduled to be released today. And while the intense reporting about Ebola has subsided, perhaps indicating a lowering of the perceived threat of Ebola spreading...


HTMLPregnancy Accommodation Now an Obligation Under the Illinois Human Rights Act
Norma Manjarrez, Tracey L. Truesdale; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 2, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014
The new pregnancy discrimination and accommodation amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) provide expectant mothers specific workplace protections during their pregnancy and childbirth. Most notably, the amendments provide expectant mothers with the right to request reasonable...


HTMLOntario Divisional Court Upholds Controversial Award of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
Ranjan K. Agarwal, Joseph N. Blinick, Talia K. Bregman; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2015, previously published on October 6, 2014
In Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board v Fair, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld two noteworthy decisions of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In the Tribunal’s first decision, it found that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board discriminated against its employee, Sharon Fair,...


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