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HTMLSenate Passes Special Needs Trust Fairness Act; Focus Shifts to House
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 2015
The Senate has unanimously approved the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others.


HTMLPlaintiff May Sue Detectives Under New Jersey Civil Rights Act For Securing Premises Without Warrant
Betsy G. Ramos; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015
Two members of the State Police entered plaintiff Denise Brown’s apartment searching for evidence of a home invasion they believed had been committed by her boyfriend. They were looking for a stolen piece of jewelry (a locket) they suspected he gave to her. However, they did not have a...


HTMLDiversity Programs in Canada
Jordan W. Charness; Wong Fleming;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2015, previously published on September 2015
The Canadian Constitution was amended in 1982, introducing a new piece of legislation, the Canada Act, which includes the now famous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


HTMLHuman Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories
Loeb Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2015, previously published on October 2015
Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from considering an individual’s credit history for employment purposes. In a...


HTMLNew Procedures at Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Anna Matsuo, James F. Shea; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 12, 2015, previously published on October 5, 2015
For the second time in five years, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) will implement significant changes to its procedures for processing discrimination complaints, under Public Acts 15-249 and 15-5. These changes, including the availability of quick dispute...


HTMLEducation Assistant's Human Rights Application Dismissed as No Reasonable Prospect of Success
Stephanie Young; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015
In a decision dated April 21, 2015, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario dismissed an application brought by an Education Assistant against the York Region District School Board on a preliminary basis as the application had “no reasonable prospect of success.”


Adobe PDFModel Home, Jobsite and Communication Compliance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Daniel A. Berman, Hoyt S. Neal; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2015, previously published on September 23, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is touted as one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. The Act prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to participate in mainstream American life. The primary...


HTMLProposed ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation Would Limit Criminal History Inquiries by Federal Contractors
Susan M. Corcoran, Garen E. Dodge, Richard I. Greenberg; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 21, 2015, previously published on September 17, 2015
Bills pending in both houses of Congress would make it unlawful for most federal contractors to request a job applicant, whether orally or in writing, to disclose criminal history record information before the applicant has received a conditional offer of employment.


HTMLWhat is Needed for You to Have a "Disability" that is Protected by Human Rights Legislation?
Hugh J.D. McPhail; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2015, previously published on September 9, 2015
A decision rendered a few months ago by the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has provided some helpful guidance on a question that frequently arises from our employer clients. Does a relatively minor ailment or series of medical problems amount to a "physical disability" that deserves human...


HTMLRetailers Should Heed Supreme Court Guidance On Religion
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2015, previously published on September 1, 2015
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court held that retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch committed religious discrimination by refusing to hire an applicant (EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch). The company believed the applicant’s religion would require her to wear a hijab, which it concluded...


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